Many cancer patients aren’t aware they can or should exercise to combat the effects of treatment. Some people think it may harm rather than help them, but the opposite is true, Ervin says. It is important, however, for cancer patients to start with light exercises.
“It helps in many ways: balance, strength, circulation and so on,” says Ervin. “But for some patients, the biggest advantage is that the exercise just makes them feel better.
“Physical therapy really can help these patients. That’s why this is such a hot topic for me. I’m passionate about helping those who’ve fought cancer regain a more normal way of life.”
In addition to physical therapy, Ervin says occupational therapy and speech therapy may also benefit some cancer patients.