Exercise To Optimise Cancer Treatment Outcomes

Exercise To Optimise Cancer Treatment Outcomes

Exercise for general health and fitness has been recommended for many years. Recent high quality research has reported on the beneficial role of exercise in  management of all cancers. Exercise has been shown to improve quality of life during treatment, improve recovery from treatment and also lower the risk of secondary cancer occurring.

The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), along with 25 other cancer organisations are calling for exercise to be prescribed to all cancer patients as part of routine cancer care.    COSA’s position on exercise in cancer care follows that all people with cancer should avoid inactivity and should progress towards achieving 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week and 2-3 resistance exercise sessions per week.  It is noted that exercise recommendations should be tailored to the individual’s abilities and specific exercise programming adaptations may be required.    They conclude that best practice cancer care should include a referral to an accredited Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist with experience in cancer care for exercise prescription.

At Fitwise Physiotherapy we are lucky to have Dennise Smith, a Certified PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist.  She advocates that rehabilitation is an extremely important part of cancer care. In order to obtain the best outcome from cancer treatment both high quality medical treatment and  physical rehabilitation are essential.

PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist’s understand that one size does not fit all.   Every single person’s cancer is different, even those diagnosed as the same type and stage.  People respond very differently to treatment and need individualised rehabilitation in order to achieve their goals.

All cancer treatments have an impact on the body and our role as Physiotherapists is to prescribe appropriate exercise to help manage the side effects of treatment and maximise recovery.

If you are undergoing cancer treatment currently or have had treatment in the past, exercise is essential to maximise your health outcomes. If you are not currently achieving the recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise along with 2-3 resistance exercise sessions, let Dennise, our PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist get you started with exercise so that you can see the benefits for both your body and mind.

Call our practice on 9486 0512 or 9822 4999 to book an appointment with Dennise today to plan your fitness program and start to reap the benefits of exercise in cancer management. Our Fitwise team will work with you to achieve your individual health and fitness goals.

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Our Values

Our values are the basis of everything we do at Fitwise.

Excellence, Respect, Innovation and Fun – For our clients, for our team and for ourselves.

This is evident with the service we provide, the environment in which we provide it, the way in which we operate as a team and how we care for and value our clients, referral partners and ourselves; we live the Fitwise values every day.

Our culture is one where everyone feels supported, respected and safe. Our clients and our team, experience a leading-edge health environment where we remember to have fun along the way.

Our Story

In 2004, Gen McGlashan and Libby Oldfield founded Fitwise Physiotherapy. They first met in 1994.  Libby was Gen’s physio when she had her first child. Gen then worked for Libby for 10 years in Libby’s previous business, located at the Epworth Freemasons Maternity Unit in East Melbourne. They have been a team working together for a very long time!!

Libby and Gen have always had a passion for empowering women, by helping provide accurate evidence based information and treatment to help women live their best lives. Excellence in all that they do, practising and operating in an innovative way has always been their core. Fitwise was the first multi-practitioner practice providing Women’s Health physiotherapy consultations, exercise classes and clinical pilates in Melbourne.

Gen and Libby

In February 2005 Gen and Libby moved their one room practice to Albert St East Melbourne. They had expanded to 2 treatment rooms, an exercise studio and a pilates studio with a small team of physiotherapists and one receptionist. This was exciting as they wanted to be able to help more people and to grow their team – enabling their other passion: teaching and mentoring clinicians who also wanted to work within the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health arena.

5 years later, they expanded their East Melbourne clinic and in 2015 opened their second clinic in Armadale.

Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Dietetics have been an exciting addition in recent years, with Podiatry and Exercise Physiology being added in 2022.

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The Fitwise team has now grown to include 18 amazing practitioners and 12 wonderful administrative team members and is still growing!

Libby and Gen have always loved providing a holistic service, treating a variety of conditions in consultations and providing exercise appropriate for different life stages. The community of clients that are part of the Fitwise family, (some who have been part of the journey from the very beginning – over 17 years ago), are the biggest reason they do what they do. For Gen and Libby, it is a privilege to be part of these wonderful people’s lives.