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We can. I can.

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Sunday, February the 4th is the third annual “World Cancer Day”. World Cancer Day is all about spreading awareness about cancer, providing educational material and pressing governments into action. The theme of this year’s day is “We can. I can.” This challenges each of us to reflect on what we can do as a group, or as an individual to help those with cancer. As I am just starting my journey as an independent, cancer rehabilitation therapist I find this day and this message to be quite timely. I have spent a lot of time over the past year thinking about just that.

We can spread awareness and provide support for those around us who have been impacted by cancer. This will help promote wellness for cancer survivors by giving them access to information about treatments, exercise, nutrition, sleep, etc. and help them to be their own best advocates. We can be united with our peers around the world and know that we are all working towards a common goal.

I can facilitate access to quality rehabilitation before, during and after treatments for cancer. This will help people to regain their strength and function, a part of the journey that often gets missed. I can work with my community to build a network of cancer survivors who are thriving and achieving their wellness goals, whatever they may be. I can help to raise funds to make this service more accessible to our community and spread the word about the benefits of exercise for people with or recovering from cancer.

I plan to do all of this and more over the next year. What can you do??

For more information visit World Cancer Day’s website, here.

 

Why Energize?

So it turns out, coming up with a business name is pretty hard. I had a few really good options early on, but none of them felt right. My partner kept encouraging me to wait until I found “the one”. After all, it is best to do it right the first time!

When I thought of “Energize Physiotherapy” (spelt the American way deliberately for added ‘pizzaz’), it was like something in my heart just clicked. As I hope you’ve realised if you have reached this point, my focus area for Physiotherapy is Cancer Rehabilitation. It is something that I have wanted to do since before becoming a physiotherapist. The potential to help people is astounding. I chose Energize because one of the symptoms with the biggest impact on individuals with cancer, at any stage, is fatigue. Physical activity is the only thing that has been shown to consistently improve symptoms of fatigue, and can be anything from walking, to doing yoga or pilates, to doing a gym based work-out. Whatever your interests and goals are, I will work with you to develop an activity program that is right for you.

So I guess my business name is also my mission statement. By using the skills I have gained as a physiotherapist, I want to help you recharge, energize and get back to doing the things that you love to do!

 

What is Cancer Rehabilitation?

Cancer rehabilitation is not just about exercise. Your treatment may include:

  • Breathing re-training
  • Fatigue management and energy conservation strategies
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Scar tissue management
  • Post-op rehabilitation
  • Liaising with your medical team for return to work planning
  • Individualized exercise programs
  • Education about sleep hygiene
  • Mindfulness and meditation

Ashley will take a holistic approach to your treatment and look at how your cancer and your cancer treatments have affected all aspects of your life. Because of advances in medical treatments, more people are living for longer after a cancer diagnosis. Ashley can help you to do more than just survive your cancer, she can help you improve your quality of life and start doing activities that are meaningful to you again. Ashley will work with you to determine your goals and will develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. Cancer rehabilitation can start at any time after your diagnosis, you do not need to wait for your other treatments to finish!