Throughout my years of practice I have frequently heard patients talk about how difficult breast cancer treatment is, not only physically but mentally. In the clinic, we often see patients who are concerned and uneasy about the new body they are living in. As a result, we are always looking for new and successful ways of helping our clients to reach their highest health potential, including improving their self-esteem and body image.

In a 2018 study published in the journal Oncology, researchers reviewed the effects of an adaptive exercise program for women who had undergone a mastectomy for breast cancer treatment. After completing a 12 week adaptive exercise program the women reported an improvement on all measurements of well-being. The women studied that did not complete the 12 week program did not report any improvements. According to this research women were not only able to improve their self-esteem around their body image, but they also improved their physical health and overall quality of life. This exercise program successfully decreased pain and breast symptoms as well. We see in practice all the time the difference exercise can make in all populations but especially in breast cancer patients. The improvements we see allow our patients to regain confidence and return to their previously enjoyed activities. Exercises that are specifically adapted to your condition, abilities, and goals lead to the most successful outcomes. Seeing a Registered Kinesiologist for a professional fitness assessment and customized program is a great step forward in the recovery process. Book an assessment with our Kinesiologists.

Landry S, Chasles G, Pointreau Y, Bourgeois H, Boyas S. Influence of an Adapted Physical Activity Program on Self-Esteem and Quality of Life of Breast Cancer Patients after Mastectomy. Oncology 2018; 95:188-191. doi: 10.1159/000489265