breast cancer

Brugger Exercise for Breast Surgery patients

Brugger Exercise:  For patients that had breast surgery, this will be a particularly important exercise as it facilitates improved lymphatic flow and decreases anterior shoulder tightness.  It is also an excellent exercise to improve posture and facilitate correct breathing.

Step 1:

  • Sit comfortably on a chair, back straight, chest up, head over the shoulders.
Step 2:
  • Press your shoulders down as if carrying heavy bags.
  • Open fingers wide and rotate through the upper arm so the shoulders open, pointing your thumbs behind you.
  • Release to neutral and repeat 10 times.

Reclaim your life after Cancer

If you have ever been told ‘you have cancer’, you know how quickly those 3 little words can change your life.  One moment you are fine and the next you are in survival mode.  We are here to help you Reclaim Your Life after Cancer. Whether you have recently been diagnosed or have been a survivor for several years, our holistic wellness programs can help you succeed with your long-term health and wellness.

Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation have side effects that can be debilitating in most patients.   Many patients may feel frail and weak, and are afraid to exercise after these treatments.  They are right in thinking so!  Cancer survivors should start exercising under the expert supervision of physicians who understand their specific limitations related to their cancer treatment and who can safely progress them.  Physical Therapy will help improve muscle strength, breathing and scar mobility to help you return to activities that you enjoy safely.  Exercise will not only help regain your strength and endurance, it is also helpful in tempering stress.

Whether you are currently fighting cancer or fighting to stay in remission, there will likely be times where you may feel stressed and overwhelmed.  Learning stress reduction techniques can be helpful in getting you through a difficult procedure or to help you de-stress and relax at the end of the day for a more peaceful sleep.  Biofeedback therapy not only helps with stress management by teaching ways to change your body’s response to stress, it is also an effective and drug-free way to help manage pain.  Our holistic approach and drug-free services such as acupuncture and chiropractic care are provided to help you experience fewer headaches, less pain, better mobility and more energy.

Nutrition plays a huge role in healing, recovery and regaining strength.  Unfortunately many times it is met with much confusion and uncertainty by the patient.  Learning better eating habits will be beneficial to improving your recovery and provides lifelong benefits.

Some secondary side effects include significant fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle tightness, joint stiffness, and pain.  Muscle tightness, joint stiffness and scar tissue after surgery can impact your ability to breathe correctly which in turn decreases the oxygen going into your tissues including your brain.  This alone can be one cause of fatigue.  At times there is scar tissue that forms at sites where radiation was performed.  This can cause inability to move your limbs and perform your daily activities.  With pelvic and abdominal surgery as well as chemotherapy and radiation, the abdominal and pelvic floor can become dysfunctional creating disabling incontinence, urgency and pain.

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation is uniquely equipped to address all aspects of reclaiming your health after cancer in a functional and holistic approach.  Our teams of highly trained clinicians work seamlessly together for the benefit of the patient’s long-term wellness.

Reclaim your Life after Cancer
A 12-week life-changing program for your long-term health and wellness.
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Breast Cancer Awareness

Think PINK, show your support, and encourage the ladies in your life to get their screenings. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women aged 20-59 worldwide.

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

NMR encourages making lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of all types of cancer.

• Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, which may play a role in cancer prevention. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables so that you get an array of vitamins and nutrients.

• Exercise at least 30 minutes on most days. Strongly consider utilizing some form of resistance training to your exercise sessions.  Building and maintaining your muscle mass has shown to be very important for all aspects of health and wellness.  If you’ve been inactive, start slowly and build up gradually to 30 minutes.  Also, talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.

• Maintain a healthy weight.  If you have a healthy weight, work to maintain your weight by combining a healthy diet with daily exercise. If you need to lose weight, ask your doctor about healthy ways to achieve your goal. Aim to lose weight slowly by increasing the amount of exercise you get and reducing the number of calories you eat.

• If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.

• Stop smoking. Talk to your doctor about ways to quit that may work for you.

Dr. Sferra is the Founder and Director of Physical Rehabilitation
at Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation.  

He is Board Certified in Chiropractic Medicine, a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and is
CSCS certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association. 
Dr. Sferra is the recipient of the “2005 Spirit of Somerset” Award
for his outstanding contribution to Health and Wellness in the community. 

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation

West End Physical Therapy, 10-12 West End Court, 2nd Floor, Long Branch, NJ 07740 | Phone 732.222.7799

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