BREAST CANCER REHAB

Specialized physical therapy and performance for breast cancer survivors

Breast cancer survivorship means living with, through and beyond breast cancer. This is something more and more individuals are able to do with the help of modern research, technology and medicine. From the time of cancer diagnosis, physical therapy should be an immediate part of your plan of care in order to help maintain strength, flexibility, energy and functional mobility during and after oncology treatment.

Breast cancer rehabilitation is considered a specialized segment of physical therapy. It is intended for anyone who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer ("Prehab") or is at any point along a course of medical care including radiation, chemotherapy, alternative treatments, and/or surgical interventions (lumpectomy, mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, etc.).

Activcore offers breast cancer rehabilitation services at the Princeton, Denver and Atlanta locations. Our breast cancer specialists are fully equipped to help minimize the effects of oncology treatment. They are also specially trained to gently guide you into more progressive physical activities for a safe return to sports and everyday life.

 

What happens when the effects of your cancer treatment get in the way of enjoying your life?

  • Arm and chest tightness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Neck and back pain
  • Postural changes / scoliosis
  • Post surgical swelling and scarring
  • Axillary Web Syndrome (cording)
  • Radiation fibrosis
  • Lymphedema (swelling of limbs)

While these symptoms are common for breast cancer survivors, they shouldn't become your new normal.

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Breast Cancer Prehab

Female Anatomy. Breast Cancer

Does your oncology team include a physical therapist?

Depending on you and your oncology team’s treatment plan, the medication, chemotherapies, surgeries and their side effects can have a significant impact on nearly every system in your body. You don’t have to go through this alone or without help. There are many things that can make your recovery quicker, more efficient and less painful — and you don’t have to wait to get started!

Breast cancer prehabilitation is recommended to help you achieve the best outcome possible. Prehab is a process on the cancer continuum of care that occurs between the time when you are first diagnosed and when you start acute medical care. It includes a full body assessment by a physical therapist to establish your baseline functional levels, to identify any limitations or impairments, and to provide interventions that promote physical and psychological health and wellness — in an effort to maintain or restore strength and mobility, reduce symptom burden, maximize independence, and improve overall quality of life. Additionally, your physical therapist will educate you on what to expect during and after oncology treatment.

 

BREAST CANCER REHAB

How can Activcore help?

Whether you've been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, you've gone through a course of treatment, or you've been in remission for months, years or decades — our breast cancer specialists can help guide you, every step of the way on your journey to re-develop a smart, balanced body.

Oncology rehabilitation is typically not a big part of a physical therapist's education. It is a specialization requiring much further study, training and practice following graduation. While the department of health and human services now requires that cancer centers provide referral and access to rehabilitation services, many of these are only available in hospitals with appropriately trained personnel.

At Activcore, we offer specialized breast cancer rehabilitation services on an outpatient basis — without having to step inside a hospital. You will have your own dedicated physical therapist (not an aide or technician) for 55 minutes of undivided attention at every visit. A specially trained, breast cancer rehabilitation specialist who will treat you as a whole person, optimizing how your mind and muscles work together so that you can regain control of your body.

In a private office setting, your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive physical exam and movement screen to help determine the underlying root cause of any pain, weakness, and functional deficits. Together, you and your physical therapist will then develop and commit to a plan of care tailored to your individual needs, lifestyle and goals.

You will feel the Activcore difference from your first visit. A highly personalized experience applying the latest breakthrough techniques in breast cancer rehabilitation which may include neuromuscular activation, postural muscle retraining, trigger point dry needling, manual therapy (lymph drainage, scar massage, myofascial release, joint mobilization, etc.) and Pilates exercises. You will also receive a home exercise program customized just for you.

 

Neuromuscular Activation is like flipping on a light switch to muscles that have gone dim due to injury, pain and inactivity. Utilizing the Redcord suspension system, your provider will take you through exercises that demand total body awareness and precise muscle control. There are slings and bungee cords to assist you with each movement. Similar to floating in water, this creates a weightless and painless environment where you can safely develop strength, stability and optimal neuromuscular control, regardless of your age or physical condition.

 

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Neuromuscular Activation

Postural Muscle Retraining consists of specialized stabilization exercises, breathing techniques, and verbal and tactile cues to help you strengthen and regain control of your pelvis, hips and core — and up to your shoulders and neck. An emphasis is placed on restoring mobility and stability of your thoracic spine, a common area of tightness and dysfunction due to prolonged sitting and computer work. Through regular practice of the exercises, you will feel more support and postural control all the way up the muscle chains to your jaw.

Postural Muscle Retraining

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) involves placing a very thin needle into muscles at their trigger point. This is an area where the muscle is tight and often tender. The intent is to contract and then release the muscle, improving overall flexibility and decreasing pain. TPDN can be a valuable treatment for enhancing neuromuscular performance by modulating myofascial pain and spasms, and preparing the body for exercise and activity.

Dry Needling

Manual Therapy is skilled hands-on movements and manipulations of your joints and soft tissues intended to release myofascial trigger points, modulate pain, induce relaxation, improve range of motion, and reduce swelling and inflammation. Oftentimes, manual therapy can help prepare your body for more active interventions like exercise and strength training. Some examples of manual therapy include:

 

  •  Myofascial release

  •  Joint mobilizations

  •  Spinal manipulations

  •  Manual traction

  •  Stretch therapy

  •  Craniosacral therapy

  •  Lymphatic drainage massage

Manual Therapy

Pilates can help optimize your performance through exercises that support the natural curves of your spine while balancing muscular strength with flexibility. Activcore offers Pilates private sessions, semi-private sessions, and small group classes. Our performance specialists are all trained and certified in Pilates and thoroughly engaged in your success. Depending on your needs, we may implement the following Pilates apparatus:

 

  •  Reformer

  •  Trapeze

  •  Barrel

  •  Tower

  •  Wundachair

Pilates Apparatus

Neuromuscular Activation

Neuromuscular Activation is like flipping on a light switch to muscles that have gone dim due to injury, pain and inactivity. Utilizing the Redcord suspension system, your provider will take you through exercises that demand total body awareness and precise muscle control. There are slings and bungee cords to assist you with each movement. Similar to floating in water, this creates a weightless and painless environment where you can safely develop strength, stability and optimal neuromuscular control, regardless of your age or physical condition.

 

SWIPE TO SEE MORE METHODS >>

 

 

Postural Muscle Retraining

Postural Muscle Retraining consists of specialized stabilization exercises, breathing techniques, and verbal and tactile cues to help you strengthen and regain control of your pelvis, hips and core — and up to your shoulders and neck. An emphasis is placed on restoring mobility and stability of your thoracic spine, a common area of tightness and dysfunction due to prolonged sitting and computer work. Through regular practice of the exercises, you will feel more support and postural control all the way up the muscle chains to your jaw.

Dry Needling

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) involves placing a very thin needle into muscles at their trigger point. This is an area where the muscle is tight and often tender. The intent is to contract and then release the muscle, improving overall flexibility and decreasing pain. TPDN can be a valuable treatment for enhancing neuromuscular performance by modulating myofascial pain and spasms, and preparing the body for exercise and activity.

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy is skilled hands-on movements and manipulations of your joints and soft tissues intended to release myofascial trigger points, modulate pain, induce relaxation, improve range of motion, and reduce swelling and inflammation. Oftentimes, manual therapy can help prepare your body for more active interventions like exercise and strength training. Some examples of manual therapy include:

 

  •  Myofascial release

  •  Joint mobilizations

  •  Spinal manipulations

  •  Manual traction

  •  Stretch therapy

  •  Craniosacral therapy

  •  Lymphatic drainage massage

Pilates Apparatus

Pilates can help optimize your performance through exercises that support the natural curves of your spine while balancing muscular strength with flexibility. Activcore offers Pilates private sessions, semi-private sessions, and small group classes. Our performance specialists are all trained and certified in Pilates and thoroughly engaged in your success. Depending on your needs, we may implement the following Pilates apparatus:

 

  •  Reformer

  •  Trapeze

  •  Barrel

  •  Tower

  •  Wundachair

COMMON CONDITIONS

  • Axillary web syndrome
  • Breast cancer reconstruction
  • Breast cancer survivorship
  • Chemotoxicity
  • Cording
  • Double mastectomy
  • Expanders
  • Lumpectomy
  • Lymphatic cording
  • Lymphedema
  • Mastectomy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Post surgical swelling
  • Radiation fibrosis
  • Shoulder pain

5 stars

I love a lot about Activcore. First, I love the type of physical therapy. The system of ropes and pulleys are unique and help you to get stronger without hurting yourself. This is therapy for people who are and want to remain active! It's not your grandmother's type of PT, but yet the approach is very individual and geared to you specifically. It challenges you without overtaxing your body and is very specific to your needs. Best of all, it works!!

Second, I love the staff. They are all friendly and helpful, particularly my therapist, Dr. Adrienne Jensen (a breast cancer rehabilitation specialist). She is very knowledge, patient, kind and very good-natured. I look forward to my therapy sessions because Adrienne is such a wonderful person and she has really helped me to get stronger and more flexible. She really listens to my needs and targets each session to my specific aches, pains and goals. Love Adrienne!

Third, I love your billing department, particularly Diane. She is very helpful and diligent in her job and has persevered to get me money back from the insurance company that i didn't even know I was owed! The billing department does everything for you and takes all the hassle out of the process of filing insurance claims, etc. I would highly recommend Activcore to anyone in pain for any reason!! It is a well oiled machine and pleasure to deal with them. I have received relief for aches and pains that have plagued me for years!! Thank you Adrienne and Activcore!!!— Kathleen F.

 

 

5 stars

“I highly recommend Activcore, especially for those who have difficult injuries or persistent pain. It is unlike any other physical therapy; highly personalized with one on one attention. All the staff are professional, caring and knowledgeable. I'd definitely recommend this to ballet dancers or others who've had bad experiences with typical physical therapy. I'm very thankful to have found Activcore following my surgeries, and continue to benefit from their services." — Lisa B.

 

 

5 stars

"I have been traveling in from Brooklyn to come to Activcore in Princeton, NJ and I'm so happy I did. Adrienne was my PT at Activcore and she is fantastic. She is extremely knowledgeable and really caring. Adrienne has significantly helped with my achiness/pains and I have only been to Activcore throughout the span of around a month. Long drives has been a more pleasant experience for me after working with Adrienne and I can stretch more. I love that she took videos with my camera so I am able to view the exercises at home. I will be beginning work soon in Brooklyn and it will be too difficult for me to continue to travel in after work, but I am glad to be able to continue with great exercises that I can do at home. Also, enjoyed the workout on the redcord suspension. The administrative staff are really top-rate. They are so nice, cheerful, and friendly and really enhanced my experience at Activcore. They were great with scheduling and to chat with. Thank you all!" — Samantha

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