Can­cer re­hab lifts well­be­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

IM­PROV­ING strength, qual­ity of life and well-be­ing are only some of the ben­e­fits can­cer pa­tients can now ex­pe­ri­ence more lo­cally.

The Pinc pro­gram – de­rived from the Pinc and Steel Foun­da­tion – at the Como Phys­io­ther­apy Clinic sees spe­cially trained phys­io­ther­a­pists take pa­tients at any stage of can­cer or re­cov­ery through per­son­alised Pi­lates-based work­outs to help in­crease strength and mo­bil­ity.

Como Phys­io­ther­apy Clinic owner and cer­ti­fied can­cer re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion phys­io­ther­a­pist Char­lene Dun­can said she hoped to make a dif­fer­ence with the in­tro­duc­tion Pinc for women at the lo­cal clinic.

“With one in three Aus­tralians be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer dur­ing their life­time, an or­gan­i­sa­tion like Pinc and Steel Foun­da­tion is paramount in en­sur­ing health ser­vices are ac­ces­si­ble for can­cer sur­vivors,” Ms Dun­can said.

“Of­ten we are so fo­cussed in find­ing a cure that some­times those bat­tling the dis­ease are un­in­ten­tion­ally for­got­ten.”

Cur­rently the pro­gram is run in the east­ern states and parts of New Zealand.

Ms Dun­can said while she wanted to close a gap in the mar­ket for pa­tients, she had found the men­tal sup­port group that formed among pa­tients to be one of the big­gest ben­e­fits.

“Peo­ple who have strug­gled through a hard­ship such as can­cer are phe­nom­e­nal mo­ti­va­tors for each other,” she said.

“Us Pinc phys­io­ther­a­pists help to fa­cil­i­tate it, but the clients are es­sen­tially the real he­roes.”

Steel, the pro­gram for male can­cer pa­tients, will be in­tro­duced at the clinic in April this year.

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