The Role Of Physiotherapy In Cancer Recovery

Written by William Woo, Physiotherapist at Goulburn. Article from March 2018

The Role of Physiotherapy in Cancer Recovery

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Cancer Treatment

When someone is undergoing cancer treatment, physiotherapy may not be the first healthcare field that comes to mind. Early cancer treatment is met with oncologists, radiologists, nurses, and surgeons. These healthcare practitioners are essential to the treatment and management of cancer. However, we should also consider the role of physiotherapy in cancer recovery.

Cancer treatment is an exhausting course, leaving many people fatigued, weak and with a compromised immune system. Just getting out of bed can be a huge and daunting task.

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Exercise and Endorphins

Written by Adam Shepherd, Exercise Physiologist at Homebush. Article from March 2018

Exercise and Endorphins

Endorphins & Exercise

Have you ever had a really stressful, busy day where everything just seems to whiz by at 100 miles an hour? Or have you had one of those long days that just seem drag on forever? Only to get to the gym and walk out thinking “wow! I feel so much better after that”.

Why is that? Why do we feel inherently better after a workout even when we’ve had a bad day? Well most of us are aware of the many, many physiological benefits of regular physical activity, but are you aware that exercise can have just as big an impact on your mental wellbeing and psychological health?

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Why Myofascial Release Is Important

Written by Hannah Navamani, Exercise Physiology Student at the University Of Sydney. Article from February 2018

Rolling in the Deep: Why Myofascial Release Is Important

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Myofascial release is technical word that describes releasing ‘knots’ or tightness in muscles. Knots prevent your muscles from working as smoothly as they’re supposed to, which can result in limited movement because of pain or tightness. You’ve probably seen the foam rollers/ tennis/ lacrosse balls in a pile at your local clinic and wondered what they were for. Well, these tools can be used to massage knots out and help restore your muscles to an elastic, healthy state.

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Total Knee Replacement

Written by Demi Ljilja, Exercise Physiologist at Campbelltown. Article from January 2018

Have You Been Told That You Might Need A Total Knee Replacement?

Total knee replacement (TKR)

If the answer is yes, then let’s explore the following. Has your doctor or a surgeon also told you that you have arthritis, have had one or multiple injuries to the knee joint, are favouring one side when walking and doing activities, lack in muscle strength to support the joint, should lose weight to prevent further damaging or to be able to get the replacement done? Most likely the answer is yes to one or more of these points which are most common reasons for need of a total knee replacement.

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How to Break up the Working Day

Written by Hamish Hall, Exercise Physiologist at Sylvania. Article from January 2018

How To Break Up The Working Day

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Sitting at work for long periods can cause a number of health concerns, including but not limited to, back pain and decline of metabolic health. I see a number of clients who have sedentary jobs and lifestyles that involve long hours of sitting and inactivity which puts them at a high risk of metabolic diseases and they often ask if they can reduce their risk by increasing the intensity or duration of their exercise? And from emerging scientific literature, the simple answer is no.

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When Is The Best Time To Start Exercising With Cancer

Written by Dean Katselas, Exercise Physiologist at Campbelltown. Article from November 2017

When Is The Best Time To Start Exercising With Cancer

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In recent years the evidence to support the effectiveness of targeted exercise and cancer has grown significantly. But when is the best time to start exercising with Cancer? Exercise plays an important part throughout the cycle of cancer treatment from prevention, before treatment, during treatment and after treatment.

When it comes to cancer prevention, exercise has been linked with a decrease in the risk of 13 specific types of cancer. These include colon, breast, liver, kidney and esophageal cancer.

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Exercise and Lung Cancer

Written by Adam Shepherd, Exercise Physiologist at Homebush. Article from November 2017

Exercise and Lung Cancer

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With the end of the year fast approaching the month of “Movember” is upon us once again. For those unaware “Movember” is an initiative where guys grow moustaches (some very unsuccessfully) to spread awareness of men’s related health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer. Following that theme I wanted to write an article based around Lung cancer and how exercise and physical activity can benefit those with this condition.

Some quick stats first; Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in Australia. 

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Exercise & Breast Cancer

Written by Josh de Rooy , Exercise Physiologist at Thornleigh, Article from November 2017

Exercise and Breast Cancer: Don't Wait!


Unfortunately, the majority of people in Australia will know of someone close by that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. According to Cancer Australia, in 2017, it was estimated that 17,730 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Australia (144 males and 17,586 females). In 2014, breast cancer was the fourth leading cause of cancer death in Australia, as well as the 2nd most common cause of death from cancer among females. It is estimated that it will remain the 4th most common cause of death from cancer in 2017 and the 2nd most common cause of death from cancer among females in 2017.

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Cancer And The Role Of Exercise Prescription In Treatment

Written by Daniel French, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from November 2017

The Different Stages Of Cancer & Exercise

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Cancer can be defined as a group of various disease whereby an individual’s cells abnormally mutate and multiply. These abnormal cells then begin to spread into surrounding structures which causes healthy cell function to be impaired and compromised. Left untreated, uncontrolled multiplication of cancerous cells will incur further damage and eventual host death. Breast, bowel, prostate, skin and lung cancer are the most commonly diagnosed cancer cases in 2017 with over 134,000 people estimated to be receive their first diagnosis of cancer by the end of 2017.

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Lifting For Osteoarthritis – Exercise Intervention

Written by Adrian Choy, Exercise Physiologist at Blacktown. Article from October 2017

Lifting For Osteoarthritis - Exercise Intervention

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Arthritis is an umbrella term used for more than 100 medical conditions affecting the joints of the human body causing stiffness, inflammation, pain and damage to joint structures. This can further lead to joint instability, deformities and weakness ultimately interfering with activities of daily living eg. Housework, food prep, and walking.

3.85 million Australians are affected by this condition as it is the major cause for disability and chronic pain in the country. As a result, the cost to our economy equates to more than $23.9 billion/year in medical care and secondary costs eg.

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