All breast cancer survivors have one thing in common: a desire to regain control over their lives and bodies. Holding a seminar on this topic at your small to medium-sized fitness facility can help breast cancer survivors return to fitness and showcase your facility’s offerings.
For chronic low-back pain, massage therapy seems to be more effective than medications, physical therapy, education and exercise. These findings—from a randomized controlled trial conducted by researchers at the Group Health Research Institute; the University of Washington, Seattle; the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland; and the University of Vermont, Burlington—were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2011; 155 , 1–9).newsletter_teaser: For chronic low-back pain, massage therapy seems to be more effective than medications, physical therapy, education and exercise. The study’s purpose was to compare the short-term and long-term effects of structural massage, relaxation massage and usual care for people with chronic low-back pain.
Here’s yet another reason to hoist those heavy weights. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, suggest that minimal muscle mass is associated with increased diabetes risk. The authors of the recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (2011; doi: 10.1210/jc.2011–0435), wanted to learn whether average and above-average levels of muscle mass might be associated with improved glucose regulation. They analyzed the data of 13,644 subjects in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III.
According to the rock band Metallica, “the brightest flames burn the fastest.” Inspiration for the lyric likely had nothing to do with human physiology. But it could be appropriate, as reported recently in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (2011; 96 , E972). Researchers found that individuals with higher metabolisms may have greater mortality risk.
fponewsletter_teaser: Most people know that exercise can help prevent breast cancer as well as increase the likelihood of a full recovery after treatment. However, it is not as widely recognized that regular exercise can mitigate many of the symptoms of cancer treatment (including symptoms of pharmacologically induced early menopause). Here are a few of the most notable benefits: increased functional capacity; increased postmastectomy mobility and ROM; decreased body fat
Competitive college swimmers who practiced qigong at least once per week experienced fewer upper-respiratory-tract infections (URIs) than those who did not do qigong, according to a pilot study published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine (39 ; 461–75). URIs are common among intensively trained swimmers and can interfere with training schedules and harm performance. Qigong is a traditional Chinese health practice that aims to improve vitality and strengthen the immune system.
People with Parkinson’s disease who are experiencing difficulty walking should engage in regular low-intensity practice on a treadmill, suggests a recent study. Sixty-seven participants were split into three groups: high-intensity treadmill (faster pace, shorter duration); low-
intensity treadmill (slower pace, longer duration); and stretching and resistance exercises that included leg presses, leg extensions and leg curls. Various gait and fitness assessments were taken pre- and post-intervention.
Are you or other colleagues at your facility providing any mind-body classes specifically for cancer survivors? If yes, what type of class have you been offering, how have you reached out to members of this community and what has been the response?
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