Cancer rehab lifts wellbeing
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.