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Exercise Oncology at Hiya Health

What is Exercise Oncology?

Exercise Oncology is a branch of exercise-therapy that assists people who are diagnosed with cancer to thrive from pre-treatment, and well into survivorship. At Hiya Health, we can work with you to ensure you achieve the best possible outcomes before, during and after treatment.

Exercise-therapy programs are designed to improve the effectiveness of oncology treatments including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy. By strengthening the body’s heart, lungs, bones and muscles your body is better able to direct your medicine straight to the tumor, reducing damage to your organs and reducing the severity of treatment side-effects such as fatigue, pain, swelling, depression and mobility concerns.

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Building your immune system

Specific exercise-therapy will also boost your immune system, something that often suffers during cancer treatment. Following just one exercise-therapy session, cells of your immune system known as natural killer cells can increase by 50-500%. By boosting your immune system, you improve your own body’s ability to fight off cancer cells naturally, and reduce the risk of contracting other illnesses during your cancer treatment.

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No one size fits all

Given every person is different, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all approach. All exercise-therapy programs are designed specifically for the individual – taking into account their cancer type, treatment type/s, treatment side-effects, any other health concerns and all pre-existing injuries, aches and pains.

At a macro level however exercise-therapy aims to improve three key areas of your health:

  • Your Physical Health
  • Your Mental Health
  • Your Social Health
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A therapeutic experience

Exercise-therapy should never feel like ‘just another appointment’. Rather, it should be an enjoyable and beneficial experience that you share with trained health professionals and other cancer patients who understand and appreciate what you are going through. Exercise-therapy programs designed by our team are safe, effective and are designed with the ultimate goal of improving your quality of life.

We offer

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A private, welcoming environment

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Clinic or home-based therapy and exercise

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One-on-one, duo and group options

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Solutions for children, adolescents, and young adults through to middle age

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Hydrotherapy

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Occupational therapy and dietitian services

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Multi-disciplinary modern care approach to therapy

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Choice and flexibility

What happens next?

INITIAL CONSULTATION

Where are you now? Where do you want to be?

Your practitioner will get to know you, your goals, and your limitations. This first appointment will be a mix of conversations and testing. This allows us to come up with “The Plan”.

AGREE ON THE ‘PLAN’

Let’s get started on your journey to better health / performance

Your practitioner will come up with your individualised treatment plan and once your happy, begin to implement this with you. This is usually in the first 1-2 sessions.

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Treatment modalities

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Gait (walking) retraining

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Motor control exercises

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Soft tissue massage

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Joint mobilisations

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Dry needling

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Taping

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Clinical Reformer Pilates

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Assistive technology prescription

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Paediatric gross and fine motor skill development

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Balance and falls prevention

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Neuromuscular training

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Strength and conditioning

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Neurological rehabilitation focusing on functional task retraining

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Aquatic Physiotherapy (Hydrotherapy)

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Airway clearance techniques and chest physiotherapy

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Vestibular rehabilitation

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Return to play testing and rehabilitation

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Workstation, postural assessment and recommendation

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Return to work rehabilitation