Acupuncturists are people skilled in the practice of acupuncture, which is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques.
Dieticians advise individuals on nutrition-related matters and can modify diets to treat or help manage chronic conditions, food allergies and food intolerances.
Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals, who specialise in clinical exercise interventions for persons at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries. These interventions are provided by exercise delivery including health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.
Oncology Massage Therapists
Oncology Massage is a specialised form of gentle touch massage, and provides effective and safe massage for people with a diagnosis or history of cancer via techniques that have been developed specifically for that purpose.
Growing research shows that oncology massage can help relieve cancer symptoms and common side effects of treatment. Research from a major US cancer centre shows that gentle touch massage:
- Improves pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression
- Reduces shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth and disturbed sleep
Oncology Massage has established medical benefits and can have a positive impact on quality of life for people on a cancer journey.
Surgical sites, lymph node removal, scar tissue, range of movement issues, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, neutrophil and platelet counts, skin integrity, and impaired sleep patterns are physical issues that Oncology Massage Therapists are trained to adapt the massage session for. Pressure and positioning requirements are also taken into consideration as sometimes it’s not possible for the person to be lying on their back (front or side) for any period of time. This is not a “one size fits all” modality; the person’s massage plan is created anew at each visit.
Some oncology massage therapists have further specialised training in Lymphoedema Management and are able to offer support via lymphatic drainage, advice on exercise programs as well as bandage and garment fitting.
Oncology Massage Therapists are nationally and internationally recognised.
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The role of occupational therapy in oncology is to facilitate maximum functional performance physically , cognitively and psychologically. Cancer can impair one’s ability to perform self care or engage in work, leisure or social activities. Common side effects from cancer treatment may linger on. Fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, Lymphedema, pain, weakness, chemo – brain , anxiety and self image changes can be addressed by occupational therapists. For example, we can provide sleep and fatigue management through instruction in energy conservation techniques. If chemo – brain is a challenge , we can provide cognitive strategies to improve memory and organization. Another area that we are involved with is providing therapeutic exercises to prevent range of motion and strength deficits. In addition, there are occupational therapists who specialize in Lymphedema management and CDT.
Occupational Therapists are the “quality of life” experts who can help get you back to living your life and engaging successfully in treasured daily activities. We can be found in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, hospice units, and home care. Our approach is client centered to help you identify meaningful goals and provision of the interventions that will help get you there. In most cases, occupational therapy is covered by private insurers as well as Medicaid or Medicare.
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 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.