PINC ex­er­cise helped

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Phoebe Roche was 29 when she dis­cov­ered a lump in her breast a year ago.

Prac­tis­ing as a phys­io­ther­a­pist in the UK, Phoebe said it came as a shock, but to­day she says she’s one of the lucky ones.

She was guest speaker at the Manawatu¯ Cancer So­ci­ety Daf­fodil Day lunch on Mon­day where she told how the “luck” was the sup­port she re­ceived from fam­ily and friends be­cause she could not work while un­der­go­ing treat­ments.

“My fam­ily came over to help me at the dif­fer­ent stages of each of the hur­dles, and there were many.”

It was while hav­ing treat­ments in the UK that Phoebe was in­tro­duced to the PINC and Steel cancer re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise pro­gramme that was de­vel­oped in 2005 by Auck­land phys­io­ther­a­pist Lou James.

“Ex­er­cise shifts ill­ness to well­ness,” Phoebe said. “The ex­er­cises can be done when some­one is di­ag­nosed, go­ing through treat­ment and in re­cov­ery.

“They help main­tain strength and qual­ity of life.

“The side ef­fects of treat­ments and the phys­i­cal, emo­tional and so­cial well­be­ing ben­e­fit from the ex­er­cises at all the stages of cancer; chemo­ther­apy, ra­dio­ther­apy and hor­mone ther­apy.”

She stud­ied the PINC ex­er­cises on her re­turn and is now a cer­ti­fied ther­a­pist which can only be de­liv­ered by a phys­io­ther­a­pist. Phoebe is only one of two cer­ti­fied ther­a­pists who are trained to work with women in the PINC ex­er­cises. ■ www.pin­can­d­steel.com or con­tact the Manawatu¯ Cancer So­ci­ety, 3565355

Cancer sur­vivor and phys­io­ther­a­pist Phoebe Roche.

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