Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist

Advantage Physical Therapy -  - Physical Therapist

Advantage Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists located in Falls Church, VA

Advantage Physical Therapy offers care and treatment for those fighting or surviving cancer. Patients from the Washington DC area can visit the office in Falls Church, Virginia.

Cancer rehabilitation Q & A

How can physical therapy help to treat cancer?

Physical therapy can help a patient to feel stronger and less fatigued, supporting his or her body’s ability to fight cancer during oncological treatments. Research shows that regular physical activity is safe during cancer treatment and improves a patient’s ability to function physically as well as his or her quality of life. Physical therapy offers a safe and supported environment for patients to improve their strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Participating in physical therapy with a trained professional can help to keep patients safe while they exercise, helping them to feel stronger and more able to face the many challenges of cancer treatment. Also, physical therapy is set up with regular mini goals or achievements which can have a positive psychological impact for patients going through extensive treatments.

What are the benefits of physical activity during cancer treatment?

There are a number of benefits to regular physical movement during cancer treatments including:

  • Maintain physical abilities
  • Improve or maintain balance
  • Prevent muscle atrophy
  • Lower risk of other health concerns such as heart disease or osteoporosis
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Improve mental and emotional well-being
  • Decrease nausea
  • Decrease fatigue
  • Control weight

Can physical therapy help after the cancer is gone?

Many people emerge from treatment cancer free, but suffering the physical side effects from the treatments needed to eradicate the cancer. Physical therapy can help patients to rebuild their strength and range of motion. A professional treatment plan can focus on the holistic needs of the patient to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Additionally, there is some evidence that maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet, and being physically active could help reduce the risk of a second cancer as well as other chronic diseases. The American Cancer Society even recommends that survivors take part in physical activity, aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise and at least 2 days of strength training or conditioning exercise.

 

 

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Advantage Physical Therapy, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Elyse or Nicole if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.

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Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Medicare
Tricare