ACUPUNCTURISTS are skilled in a form of traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. Acupuncturists treat a variety of conditions, symptoms, and side effects. Acupuncture standards are maintained by organisations including the World Health Organization and the World Federation of Acupuncture – Moxibustion Societies. There is evidence that acupuncture can relieve nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and may also assist with pain relief, improved digestion and stress management for cancer survivors..
DIETITIANS (or Dieticians in the US) are skilled in dietetics, which deals with human nutrition and the regulation of diet. Dietetics emphasizes a scientific approach to the understanding of how food and nutrition impacts human health. Dietitians treat a variety of conditions, symptoms, and side effects. Dietetic professionals are regulated by standards and practices maintained by most countries in the world. Dietetics can maintain nutritional status and healthy weight range as well as relieving common treatment side effects for cancer survivors.
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGISTS are University qualified health professionals who specialize in clinical exercise prescription. Exercise Physiology treats developing or existing chronic and complex medical conditions or injuries. Exercise delivery includes health and physical activity, education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioral change. Exercise Physiologists are regulated by professional and peak bodies in many countries around the world. Research has shown that exercise is both feasible and safe during cancer treatment and maintains functional capability, muscle tone, circulation, positive mental state and reduces fatigue for cancer survivors.
Oncology Massage Therapists
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE THERAPISTS have undergone advanced training to apply massage therapy techniques to safely work with people with cancer and undergoing cancer treatment. Oncology Massage emphasizes a plan for the treatment of short term and long term effects of cancer treatment. Some oncology massage therapists have further specialized training in Lymphoedema Management and are able to offer support via lymphatic drainage, advice on exercise programs as well as bandage and garment fitting. Massage Therapists are regulated by state and national laws in many countries around the world. Massage benefits scar tissue treatment, range of movement issues, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, neutrophil and platelet counts, skin integrity, and impaired sleep patterns for cancer survivors.
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NATUROPATHS are practitioners who provide a complimentary medicine by employing a wide array of natural treatments, including herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle counselling. Naturopathy focuses on long-term health and prevention, as well as helping with acute and chronic conditions. Naturopaths may be licensed or bound by different standards or regulation in many countries around the world. Naturopathy can benefit gastrointestinal issues, stress, fatigue, impaired sleep patterns, fertility problems, mucositis and nausea and vomiting for cancer survivors.
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NUTRITIONISTS are trained in human nutrition and the regulation of diet. Nutritionists emphasize a holistic approach to eating habits and lifestyles that impacts human health. Nutritionist treat a variety of conditions, symptoms, and side effects. Nutritionists may, but are not necessarily, regulated by standards and practices maintained by most countries in the world. Nutritionists can maintain nutritional status and healthy weight range as well as relieving common treatment side effects for cancer survivors.
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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS are University qualified health professionals who specialize in functional therapy. Occupational Therapy emphasises treatment to facilitate maximum functional performance physically , cognitively and psychologically. Treatment targets the rehabilitation of everyday activities affected by impairment. Occupational Therapists are regulated by practice acts and regulations at state and national levels in many countries around the world. Occupational therepy can benefit fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, Lymphedema, pain, weakness, anxiety and self image for cancer survivors.
Cancer Exercise Therapist
Cancer Exercise Therapist main role is to help people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about exercise.
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Physiotherapists and Physical Therapists
Physiotherapists are health care professionals concerned with human function, movement and maximising potential. A physiotherapist aims to improve physical activity, confidence, well-being and quality of life by improving physical and functional independence, refining movement, offering support and restoring a measure of control. They are comprehensively skilled to analyse, promote, maintain and restore the needs of the whole person.
Diagnosis of physical and functional condition and associated problems, education, clinical judgement and informed interpretation are core principles used to address a person’s physical, psychological and social well-being. Approaches used by a physiotherapist are science and evidence based and derived from an understanding of the individual’s underlying pathological condition and goals.
Within the context of cancer, physiotherapists offer a unique perspective developed from knowledge of functional anatomy, pathology and ergonomics. Physiotherapists can address respiratory, neurological, lymphatic, orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and pain presentations. Ultimately physiotherapists offer support, educate, restore function, condition and mobility with tailored exercise therapy, reduce pain, reduce fatigue, teach relaxation techniques and ultimately improve quality of life.
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Pilates Instructors teach and coach groups or individuals in the fitness program referred to as Pilates. An instructor helps his students use Pilates to promote overall health, improve muscle tone and strength, and achieve better posture. Typically, Pilates instructors know hundreds of different exercises and can teach them to a general group or modify them to fit the needs of particular types of students. These instructors may even work with students as they recover from injuries or struggle with chronic health problems.
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Psychologist can help people who are having difficulty coping with their diagnosis of cancer and its treatment. They can help people with behavioural issues and feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression and teach strategies to improve your ability to cope.
Social Workers help people with cancer by providing assistance with practical issues such as financial, housing, employment, educational, legal, advocacy, provide casework, and also provide counselling to help with coping with a cancer diagnosis and during treatment, to individuals and their families.
Accredited Mental Health Social Workers are Social Workers with specialist training and expertise in mental health. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers help individuals to resolve their presenting psychological problems, the associated social and other environmental problems, and improve their quality of life. This may involve family as well as individual counselling, and group therapy.
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Yoga Instructors teach a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.
HYPNOTHERAPISTS are practitioners who provide a complementary medicine in which hypnosis is used to address a variety of concerns and issues. Hypnosis creates a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility during which positive suggestion and imagery are used to help individuals overcome problems. In many countries hypnotherapy is an unregulated or self-regulated profession; some professional and peak bodies exist, and there is some regulation of hypnotherapy at a state level in the US. Practitioners of hypnotherapy may hold other qualifications and be bound by other standards and regulations. Hypnotherapy can provide benefits in pain management, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, and impaired sleep patterns for cancer survivors.