Free Class with Healthy Tips for After Breast Cancer Surgery

I recently heard about a free class offered at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute. I asked local Physical Therapist,  Kim Mills, to tell us about it. This FREE class is available to ALL pre and post breast surgery patients (not just for Carle patients). Patients are welcome to attend the class before or after their … Continue reading Free Class with Healthy Tips for After Breast Cancer Surgery

Physical Therapy for Cancer Survivors. Ask the Expert.

I frequently suggest folks talk to their doctors about physical therapy, whether they are recovering from injury or experiencing cording in the underarm area or swelling post-cancer treatment (lymphedema).  I interviewed Elizabeth Camp, a Physical Therapist at Carle to find out more about the benefits of physical therapy for cancer survivors.  What is the most common reason cancer … Continue reading Physical Therapy for Cancer Survivors. Ask the Expert.

How to Offer Support to Families Dealing with Cancer

Families are in the trenches dealing with cancer every day. It’s easy to feel helpless when friends and people close to you are struggling. Since September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’re going to give you some simple things you can do to help those who are facing the dreaded “C” word. Do. Don’t ask. It’s … Continue reading How to Offer Support to Families Dealing with Cancer

Is Yoga for Everyone? Ask the Expert.

I'm always recommending yoga or some type of movement to complement your massage care. But we've all seen the photos of the super bendy yogis. That's pretty intimidating!  One of the reasons I love yoga is that anyone can practice it. Anyone, really. I interviewed one of my favorite yoga instructors, Rachel Bass-Guennewig, to tell … Continue reading Is Yoga for Everyone? Ask the Expert.

Cancer and Massage: Information for Healthcare Providers

Massage Therapy is increasingly being used as complementary care during and after cancer treatment. The following information is intended to help you determine if massage therapy may help your patients. Does massage have anything to offer my patients? Yes, research supports (1) the use of massage therapy as a complement to pain medications and in … Continue reading Cancer and Massage: Information for Healthcare Providers

What Every Person With Cancer Should Know About Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can play a supportive role in your cancer care. Here are some things you should know before you get a massage. Is massage safe for me? Yes, a massage therapist with training in oncology massage can provide a safe and effective massage no matter where you are in your cancer treatment or recovery. … Continue reading What Every Person With Cancer Should Know About Massage Therapy

Cancer Metastasis: Can Massage Therapy Spread Cancer?

For a long time, there was a fear that massage could promote cancer metastasis. The thinking went that massage increases circulation and that increased circulation would spread cancer faster. Until rather recently, people with cancer were not experiencing the benefits of massage. It was only in the last 20 years or so that this fear … Continue reading Cancer Metastasis: Can Massage Therapy Spread Cancer?