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.
• 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)
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Breast cancer prehab 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.
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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!
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. You will be treated as a whole person (not just a body part), 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. This is 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.
• Axillary web syndrome
• Breast cancer reconstruction
• Breast cancer survivorship
• Double mastectomy
• Lymphatic cording
• Peripheral neuropathy
• Post surgical swelling
• Radiation fibrosis
• Shoulder pain
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Activcore gave me back my strength, flexibility, and belief that I could move in the ways I wanted to and had before my treatment for Stage II Breast Cancer. Before my diagnosis, being physically active was one of my favorite ways to spend my time. However, after a double mastectomy, I couldn’t reach my arm past shoulder height without pain. I was so weak that lifting my 16 pound dog was a challenge. I was mortified and devastated. With endless patience and a depth of empathy I have rarely encountered, Dr. Adrienne Jensen worked with me each step of the way to restore my range of motion, strength, and retrain my body how to move again. Adrienne did not want me to just survive cancer, she wanted me to thrive after it. I cannot recommend her more highly whether you’re currently in treatment or still having complications years later.
I started working with Dr. Adrienne Jensen at Activcore one month after I finished treatment for Stage II Breast Cancer that included a unilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, axillary node dissection, chemotherapy, and radiation. As a professional dancer and full-time dance professor, my entire career centered around the physical training and expressive potential of the human body. It was quite a shock to be diagnosed at age 35, and go into chemically-induced menopause immediately. Following my year-long cancer treatment, I had limited range-of-motion of my left arm, and had lost a significant amount of my physical strength, overall muscle tone, flexibility and stamina. I was consumed with fear of developing lymphedema and unsure if I would ever return to working in my field at the same level.
I knew I needed to find an expert physical therapist who understood post-cancer rehab and could also address the needs of an athlete. I am incredibly grateful for Adrienne and her specialized work at Activcore because I am back to dancing! She addressed all of my concerns about regaining strength and mobility, and helped me reach milestone after milestone on my recovery journey. The survivorship stage can feel very overwhelming, but I feel really lucky to have found such a compassionate clinician who has helped me feel whole again. I adore Adrienne, and the way she utilizes the Redcord suspension system for cancer rehab is brilliant.
I love a lot about Activcore. 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!!
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.