A medicine with no negative side effects… Exercise!

Cancer and its subsequent treatment can be a debilitating and physically demanding process. Whilst there have been many advances in the technology used to treat cancer, they all have less than desirable side effects that take a significant toll on the body.

A huge amount of research has and continues to be done on how cancer therapies can be altered to reduce the horrible side effects. Doctors are now able to use radiation in a way that specifically targets the cancer affected area and research is currently being done into utilising information about people’s genes and proteins to develop targeted chemotherapy (http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/types/targeted-therapies/targeted-therapies-fact-sheet). Despite these advances in technology many cancer treatments still have considerable side effects, are uncomfortable and can also be painful.

However not all research is focused on technology and medication. Another area gaining a huge amount of momentum in the research world is exercise!

Exercise therapy has been shown to negate many of the undesirable effects of other cancer therapies and in many cases boost their effectiveness. Exercise improves:

  • chemotherapy completion rates,
  • cardiovascular fitness,
  • immune function (which helps your body fight the cancer naturally),
  • fluid removal,
  • energy levels,
  • mood,
  • body image and self-esteem
  • and helps to prevent loss of muscle and bone density during treatment.

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Recently, the ABC program Catalyst did an excellent segment on how a prescribed exercise plan can have amazing benefits of exercise for cancer patients – http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4459555.htm. Exercise can help to reduce pain, fatigue, inflammation, severity of symptoms, nausea, depression and anxiety and the risk of getting many types of cancer in the first place. Exercise is a powerful medicine before, during and after other cancer treatments. With carefully monitored exercise there are virtually no side effects!

So… will any old exercise do?

The simple answer is that some exercise is better than none and more is generally better than less. In general, physical activity is likely to be beneficial for most cancer patients. BUT! There are still some safety considerations and exercise should start under the supervision of a qualified exercise professional.

An Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) is an expert in exercise prescription and understands the stresses placed on the body by cancer and its treatment. They will take into account your age, previous fitness activities, type of cancer, stage of treatment, type of therapy and any other conditions that you might have. They can provide expert advice about exercise and create a safe, effective program to your specific fitness levels and needs. AEPs can do all of this and more whether you are recently diagnosed, currently undergoing treatment or are post treatment. There are many good reasons to start an exercise program and very few reasons not to. So if you’re interested come down to Vibe Rehab and see the friendly team of AEPs today!

 

Resources:

http://movingbeyondcancer.com.au/how-can-exercise-help-me

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Creating Awareness: National Pain Week 25 – 31 July 2016

Chronic pain can be a significant problem for many Australians – with 1 in 5 Australians suffering from chronic pain. It can be extremely debilitating, impacting a person’s relationships, sleeps cycle, sex life and ability to exercise resulting in severe consequences to their social and work life.

It is an invisible condition that often has no visible external signs to highlight that there is something wrong. Experiencing chronic pain can be like wearing an invisibility cloak that can lead to people thinking that they must suffer in silence, and feel isolated or ostracised. This impacts not only a person’s physical health, but their mental and emotional health as well – rates of depression are much higher with people in chronic pain.

Chronic pain is a separate disease entity from the acute pain that is associated with physical injury. It is pain that persists long after the tissue healing has taken place, and is caused by complex neurophysiological changes in the body which causes the nervous system to become wired in a way that is highly sensitised for pain and produces more pain signals. Basically, the nervous system tells the brain that there is pain without anything physically occurring to cause this reaction.

Your doctor or physio may refer or recommend that you seek some additional help from allied health practitioners including an exercise physiologist or psychologist. This is because chronic pain is complex and all aspects of the condition should be addressed. Regardless of the various treatments that you may seek, it is important to recognise that there several key things that you can do to take back some control of your life. Diet, sleep, exercise, and mindfulness can assist in re-establishing a healthy nervous system. Your physio or exercise physiologist may be able to help you establish an exercise routine, and give you further advice, or refer you to someone who can help.

To find out more, visit one of these websites:

http://www.painaustralia.org.au/

http://www.chronicpainaustralia.org.au/

Or watch the below video from Brainmain that can be found at https://www.youtube.com/user/HunterBrainman/videos

 

Image reference – http://img.medscape.com/thumbnail_library/dt_150916_chronic_pain_headache_migraine_800x600.jpg

 

 

When you shouldn’t ignore your feet

Our poor feet are often overlooked and neglected.

We see them as ugly, smelly, dirty and gross. The fact that they support our weight everyday gets forgotten once we slip on our shoes and cover them up.

Foot issues can result in not only painful symptoms in your feet but also your legs, hips and back. These can range from short term pain flare ups to long term structural issues. Foot issues can be caused by the way your muscles are working in your legs and feet, the ‘rolling’ in and out of your feet, the technique of how you walk or run and incorrect footwear.

Our podiatrists at Vibe, Matthew, Claire and Melanie have put together a list of the 5 most common foot problems that you shouldn’t ignore and see a podiatrist for treatment:

1. Heel pain – This can commonly be plantar fasciitis but also things such as heel spurs, nerve compressions, fat pad inflammation or achilles tendinopathy. It is important to assess and diagnose this correctly in order to develop the correct treatment plan – this is our passion at Vibe rehab!

2. Shin splints – These can be a variety of conditions ranging from bone type pain to muscle and soft tissue overload. Commonly this is influenced by foot function, activity and footwear.

3. Diabetes – An emerging issue amongst Australia’s aging population is that not all people with diabetes are aware of the effects it has on their feet. Getting a diabetic foot evaluation is critical in preventing long term complications.

4. Forefoot pain – This type of pain is often very treatable and can be caused by problems like arthritis, bursitis and nerve issues. These issues can be uncomfortable and are most of the time influenced by shoes. Luckily there are some simple treatment methods available to successfully reduce pain levels and discomfort.

5. Corns and callous – These are very common and are caused by high pressure being continuously placed on certain areas of the foot or areas rubbing together. The best thing about these problems is that they are easy fixed with the correct treatment.

If you are experiencing one of these common foot issues or have another concern regarding your feet, book an appointment with our podiatrist on 62993886 or email admin@viberehab.com.au.

Transform your body with the Pilates Reformer

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Do you have a schedule that makes it difficult to commit to a weekly Pilates class? At Vibe we have a Pilates reformer which is a great, flexible option to help you strengthen your body.

The Pilates reformer is a piece of equipment that enables resistance to be added to Pilates exercises giving greater benefit. Resistance is created using springs and body weight to increase muscular strength with the controlled movements that target specific muscles. The reformer may look scary at first but it is low impact and safe for injury rehabilitation, pregnancy and general conditioning.

The structure of the reformer enables a diverse range of exercises to be completed laying on your back, stomach, kneeling and standing with varying levels of resistance. The endless option of exercise prevents you getting bored with doing the same exercises over and over again.

You will soon notice improvements in strength, toning of muscles, improved posture, core strength, breathing, flexibility and lean muscle mass!

We offer individualised programs designed specifically for your needs with regular updates. The reformer is available for use during all our business hours leaving you plenty of choice of times. And the best part is it’s fun to use!!

So whether you have an injury or just want to improve your fitness and body shape the reformer is for you! Contact us for an appointment on 6299 3886 or email admin@viberehab.com.au.

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Super Simple Healthy Banana Cookies

Hi All,

Do you get to the end of the week and have a few ripe bananas left over? Ripe bananas are great for baking but a lot of recipes are time consuming and unhealthy. These cookies, however, are super simple, quick, healthy and involve staple ingredients usually found in your pantry.

If you feel a bit adventurous you can add in some choc chips, walnuts, peanut butter, nutella, cinnamon, raisins or cranberries. Mix and match the ingredients for different flavour combinations!

The great thing about this recipe is that it is vegan, made with natural sugars, is rich in protein and can be easily adapted to be made gluten free (swap the oats to a brand without wheat traces).

Super Healthy Banana Cookies

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(Makes about 13-16 depending on size) 

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

1 cup oats (traditional or quick)

Method:

1.       Preheat oven to 175°c fan-forced.

2.       Mash bananas in a small bowl with the back of a fork or masher.

3.       Add oats stir until combined.

4.       Stir in any extra add ins. (I used 1/3 cup dark choc chips)

5.       Scoop balls of mixture on a lined tray using a spoon.

6.       Bake for about 13-15 minutes until the cookies are slightly brown.

7.       Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes on the tray before moving them to a cooling rack….or eat them warm!