Physiotherapy For Cancer Treatments


Our specialist physiotherapists offer individual assessments and treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems that can occur as a result of your cancer treatment, such as shoulder pain and stiffness after breast surgery, or lower back pain as a result of being less active. Some of our hospitals also offer additional support services including complementary therapies.

How can physiotherapy for cancer treatments help?

Our therapies can be used alongside conventional treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, providing a holistic approach to cancer care.

The physiotherapist will ask specific questions about your condition before carrying out a physical examination, which may include assessing joint movement, muscle power, co-ordination, posture and function. On completing the assessment, they can compile a bespoke treatment plan specific to your needs.

What types of physiotherapy treatments can help and how?

Massage

Massage can help to reduce tension and stress, ease aching muscles, improve circulation and promote relaxation. This may help to alleviate some of the symptoms you may experience and the side effects of treatments.

Lymphoedema management

Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling caused by a failure in lymph drainage which can be a side effect of cancer or its treatment. Many of our hospitals provide specialised treatment involving massage, compression garments, exercise and education on self-management. This will help you recognise the signs and symptoms as well as how to manage your condition. This is especially important as prompt access and early treatment helps to achieve good results.

Exercise classes

Being active both during and after your treatment has a range of health benefits:

  • Improved quality of life2
  • Reduced fatigue and breathlessness1
  • Reduced depression and anxiety (particularly yoga)1
  • Improved bone health1
  • Improved cardiovascular fitness2
  • Helps control weight1
  • Reduced risk of some cancers progressing or coming back1

Our physiotherapists are trained in finding the appropriate ways for you to be active, whether this is through individual assessment and advice or taking part in group exercise classes. These small friendly classes, available at some of the BMI Healthcare sites, allow you to work at a level that is appropriate for you and you can enjoy a relaxation session at the end of each class.

Breathlessness management

Breathlessness can be as a result of the illness itself, anxiety or a side effect from some of the medication used to treat the condition. Whatever the cause, breathlessness can be a frightening experience. Our physiotherapists can provide effective techniques to enable you to manage your breathlessness.

How much does a physiotherapy session cost?

An initial assessment with a physiotherapist at BMI Healthcare costs from £54*.

Why have physiotherapy for cancer treatments at BMI Healthcare?

Extensive experience: all BMI Healthcare physiotherapists are fully qualified, with extensive experience in treating and managing problems that appear following a cancer treatment.

Locations throughout the UK: all BMI Healthcare sites across the UK are able to provide musculoskeletal physiotherapy and acupuncture. Some sites also offer onsite additional support services including complementary therapies.

Fast access to treatment: you don't need to wait for a referral from your GP to access our physiotherapy service. Arrange your appointment directly with us at your convenience.

*This is a starting from price and varies by hospital

Source:
1 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.3322/caac.21142
2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4470419/

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