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Physical Therapy – One
Step At A Time
Mesothelioma is a difficult form of cancer that develops in the
individual's interior lung lining. From there, it can grow out of
and spread through the body, and doctors typically prescribe an equally
aggressive regimen of chemotherapy in order to control and defeat the
condition. However, such treatments can often have unwanted side
the patient, including fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite. In order
minimize such pains, many doctors recommend
as a way for patients to get back in control of their life
their sense of well-being during treatments. Physical therapy can
individuals with a number of health benefits, many of which can reduce
symptoms that come with intensive chemotherapy.
Not all physical therapy focuses on muscular development. Through
respiratory therapy, individuals are able to open their airways better
reduce a number of unwanted side effects that come with pleural
mesothelioma. Through regular care and practice, individuals will be
equipped to combat difficulty breathing, painful coughing and general
when breathing. These symptoms often worsen with the progression of the
disease, but physical therapy can help individuals strengthen their
and airways in order to fight against the symptoms and reduce the pain
Fatigue manifests in a number of different ways, and many patients may
as though they are not able to move as freely as they could have before
treatments. Through physical therapy practices, patients will be able
and enjoy a number of additional benefits. These practices
focus largely on
incremental stretches and basic exercise, which help improve the
individual's levels of activity. This can allow them to begin
daily tasks again, such as cooking and bathing, and it can be an
way for patients to regain some of their normalcy back after such a
Because of the system of exercising that physical therapy encourages,
patients will have the chance to enjoy a greater degree of personal
Any type of exercise can be enough to reduce muscular atrophy and
the body with
. Through physical therapy, patients will be able to reduce
symptoms and fight against the cancer much more actively because of how
much better the cells will be able to function. By directly combating
fatigue and pain, patients will also be able to improve their outlook
it comes to their treatment. The effects of positive thinking in the
against a debilitating disease have long been documented, and
who feel better will ultimately be able to combat cancer better.
Those who would like to begin changing their personal care routine for
better should be sure to speak with a medical professional at their
earliest convenience. A capable doctor will be able to point patients
the right direction when it comes to physical therapy, and a steady
can be just what individuals need to feel better after rigorous
|Charlene on the cover of Canfitpro Magazine - November 2016
|Charlene and the other presenters at the the Woman Who Influence Event in August |
|Getting Ready for 2016
|CALA Spring Conference 2015 - Flashback
||June Conferences in Timmins, Canmore and Dollard-Des-Ormeaux.,
||Getting ready for 2016
|CALA - Greenwood Nova Scotia in November 2015
|Group picture of our class participating in the CALA VWT + GAF Course, at 14Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia
|| In our few spare moments we visited the beautiful Bay of Fundy (I am in one picture - blue jacket) and Gwen, one of the course participants is in the other picture
|Check out what CALA members are offering in their communities… So very cool!
|Always full of fun and very entertaining, Jane Jones, Kelowna, BC leading a Halloween Theme Class, October 2015 at The Parkinson Recreation Centre. Who knew this high level ironman athlete would wear a cheerleading outfit… Go Jane Go.
||CALA Booth at York Regional Spring Fling with Charlene Kopansky! Spreading the joy of movement in Water.
||CALA Spring Conference, Kitchener, Ontario… The pool was absolutely packed as enthusiastic instructors created loads of turbulence motivated by CALA Presenter, Dylan Harries.
|Here is an exciting new program our friends in Bracebridge
launched in September.
Sit/Stand At Your Desk
Research Round Up by Rob Duncan, Edited by Charlene Kopansky
Conducted by Jack Callaghan, Canada Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics and
Injury Prevention, Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the
University of Waterloo and the leading expert on spine mechanics in Canada. first
laboratory-controlled study offers new sit-to-stand workstation guidelines
A young man suffering from a serious
back injury came to the pool with his
child. He kept a close eye on the
exercises the instructor was doing with
client. He asked can you make me walk,
the doctors said I would never walk.
I’ve been in the wheelchair for 4 years
now. No promises the instructor said but
if you want to try we can work together.
After 1.5years a miracle happened. Up to
then the instructor move the man’s legs.
One day he said, I want to do it myself.
With total commitment he started to move
his legs himself. With time the
instructor would tell him the exercise
and he would do them. When he went to
the doctor, the doctor noticed major
changes. He asked what he was doing. The
man said exercising in the water. When
he told the doctor the exercises he was
able to do, the doctor said it is not
possible, your movements are spontaneous
muscle contractions. There is no way you
will ever be able to control your
movements. The man said to the doctor,
the instructor tells me the exercise and
I do them. The instructors mixes up the
movements so I have no idea what they
are going to make me do. How can this be
spontaneous muscle movement. The long
story short is, he now walks with braces
and has returned to work.
Another reason to cross train
– Land Meets Water…
Water is magical - buoyancy
unloads the body, and impact
decreases with increasing depth
Athletes and other fitness
enthusiasts who participate in
land based activities that
include a significant amount of
‘landing’ run the risk of
developing a condition called
foot-strike hemolysis. This may
result in rupturing of red blood
cells affecting the ability of
the body to maintain the iron
needed to carry oxygen.
Runners have been found to
develop hemolysis, whereas long
distance cyclists have not.
Schumacher et al, 2002 suggested
that repeated foot strikes
associated with running destroy
red blood cells.
Mary Lou's Hydrorider training in Timmins,
I am available for autographs...LOL
We have started our “free” trails this week, and so far so good. Everyone seems to love them!
We really enjoyed training with you…we will have to look at some different training for next year and get you back up to us!!
Aquatic Supervisor CAP, RRFS
The Corporation of the City of Timmins
Aqua Cycling - Charlene's response
Great to see an article regarding training in water featuring the
HydroRider. CALA Inc. is the approved training and certification
organization for HydroRider in Canada. We recommend, where possible,
to place the bike so that the body is immersed from chest to
shoulder depth. There are several reasons: increasing the depth of
immersion unloads the body (think gravity reduction), decreasing
gravity, decreases saddle soreness often associated with land based
cycling; water provides hydrostatic pressure on the chest wall
challenging the work of breathing, this enhances the training
effect on the respiratory muscles thereby improving breathing
capacity on land; with the arms/shoulders immersed, a variety of
upper body movements are designed to complement the leg cycling
action, thereby training the upper body in a number of planes...
think multi-directional resistance (chest, shoulders, back &
abdominals are worked along with the legs and gluteals). Next,
immersion in water facilitates venous return (return of blood back
to the heart), increasing stroke volume and cardiac output, reducing
the training heart rate. Enhanced venous return is due to
hydrostatic pressure, turbulence, buoyancy and thermal conductivity.
This does not mean that the training effect is lower. It means the
training heart rate is lower for a given intensity than it would be
on land, the good news.. the training effect is unaffected. When
sitting on the saddle, you must engage the deep core and body
stabilizing muscles, especially if you are moving the upper body
(arms) while legs are cycling. The arm and leg movements generate
turbulence and the body needs to work isometrically, activating the
core muscles and postural muscles to remain stable in the saddle...
You definitely get a cardiovascular workout, it does not feel the
same as a workout on land... Why? You remain relatively cool and
refreshed while exercising, due to thermal conductivity - Water
draws excess heat away from the body about 25 x faster than
exercising on land; you are performing concentric muscle action and
avoiding eccentric muscle action. Concentric muscle action does not
contribute to DOMS: delayed onset muscle soreness. Gravity unloads
the body! There is so much more to share about Vertical Water
Training, using the Charlene Kopansky Method.
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