Exercise is hardly a new topic on this blog. I have written often, probably boringly often, of how important mild to moderate exercise can be in fighting fatigue and other side effects and, perhaps, reducing recurrence risk. Today we are taking a small detour from that central subject.
Balance exercises are not something that I have thought much about, but this article from Cancer Net suggests that I/we should. I am aware that balance can be a problem as we age, and we surely don't want to fall and break a bone. That must be a major reason why so many older people leave the cold and icy north during the winters. According to this article, it seems that balance exercises may be a useful tool in feeling as well as possible during treatment and recovering afterwards.
Here is the start and a link to read more:
Balance Exercises After Cancer Treatment
· Carol Michaels
Exercise may be the furthest thing from your mind after a cancer diagnosis. Even if you have
never been active, exercise can become one of your favorite activities. With more medical
professionals recommending exercise to their patients, it is imperative for cancer survivors to
learn how to exercise safely. First, ask your doctor before you start because each person is
unique and heals differently.
A good exercise program will help to reduce the side effects of surgery and treatments. These side effects can include fatigue, neuropathy, decreased range of motion, weakness, lymphedema, balance issues, and a significant emotional toll.
In this article, I will discuss the importance of adding balance exercises to your exercise plan.
Balance exercises will help you regain function and mobility for activities of daily living. Your balance can suffer after surgical procedures , especially with the TRAM flap procedure. A TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous) flap consists of skin, fat, rectus muscle, and blood vessels taken from the abdominal wall and transferred to the chest to reconstruct the breast. Because these muscles help with strength, posture, balance, and flexibility, TRAM flap surgery can weaken your body’s core. After a TRAM flap operation, you will need to learn how to compensate.