Jumping over the fatigue hurdle

Written by Community Health Network on 2/13/2014 8:00:00 PM

For many women, exercise helps recovery after breast cancer treatment, but fatigue can make working out hard. Exhaustion is common and it can be hard to start fitness regiments. Yoga can be a useful exercise method to help reduce fatigue, anxiety and inflammation.

Gentle yoga poses for recovering cancer patients often incorporate stretching and meditation. Many say that it leads to a state of relaxation, happiness, peace and tranquility. 

A three-month yoga study was done at Ohio State University with 200 breast cancer survivors. Authors reported fatigue levels dropped by 57 percent among women who went to 90-minutes sessions twice a week. Many participants found that the exercise help increased mobility and blood flow, which reduced inflammation.

A low impact exercise that puts emphasis on balance and relaxation, yoga could be what you need to jump the fatigue hurdle.

Available scientific evidence does not support yoga as an effective treatment for cancer, but it can significantly enhance quality of life post-treatment. We recommend you speak with your physician before starting any type of exercise after cancer treatment. Some yoga postures are hard to achieve, and can harm joint and ligaments from overstretching.

To learn more about post-treatment fatigue and ways to cope, visit eCommunity.com/cancercare or call our experts at 800-777-7775.

Sources: Journal of Clinical Oncology and American Cancer Society

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