BREAST CANCER & WEIGHT TRAINING

In breast cancer survivors with lymphedema, slowly progressive weight lifting had no significant effect on limb swelling and resulted in a decreased flare-ups of lymphedema, reduced symptoms, and increased strength, say authors of a study published in the August 13 (Vol 361 Number 7) issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers performed research…

PT FOR LYMPHEDEMA – NEW RESEARCH

Early physical therapy could be an effective intervention in the prevention of secondary lymphedema in women for at least 1 year after surgery for breast cancer involving dissection of auxiliary lymph nodes, say authors of an article published online January12 in BMJ. The study was conducted in a university hospital in Madrid, Spain. Participants were…

WOMEN: GET READY TO EXERCISE

Research results are based on 34,079 middle-aged women followed for about 13 years. From the article: “You can eat a candy bar in 2 minutes. Most are at least 200 calories,” and to burn that off requires walking for about an hour, Lee said. For more information on starting a safe exercise program, call ECRC…

EXERCISE FOR CANCER SURVIVORS

There’s growing evidence that physical activity improves quality of life and eases some cancer-related fatigue. More, it can help fend off a serious decline in physical function that can last long after therapy is finished. The physical therapists at ECRC Physical Therapy are experts in prescribing appropriate exercise and they are also very familiar with…

PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR INCONTINENCE

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that pelvic floor muscle training, in conjunction with bladder training, resolved the symptoms of urinary incontinence in women. “The Annals of Internal Medicine is significant for many reasons, none more so than because it provides the highest levels of evidence to support the importance of…

WOMEN’S HEALTH & PHYSICAL THERAPY

The September 17, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that nearly 24 percent of U.S. women are affected with one or more pelvic floor disorders. It describes the percentage of women affected by pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence as well as the role that the pelvic muscles play in these…

PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLE STRENGTHENING

Research published in the May 12, 2011 edition of the Physical Therapy Journal reports that pelvic floor muscle strengthening has been widely used to treat people with urinary incontinence. All research participants reported decreased incontinence, and pelvic floor muscle strength was improved after the intervention of muscle strengthening. If you are experiencing urinary incontinence, call…