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Dr. Suzanne Martin

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Breast Cancer Physical Restoration: Distance Education Course


Learn facts about breast cancer, and about the foundation for postural restoration that serves as a gateway to a complete physical program. Educate yourself about lymphedema, the impacts of reconstructive treatment as well as Pilates-based exercises to promote optimal healing.

List of Objectives
Students will be able to:

Describe statistics on the incidence and risk of breast cancer acquisition for females
Describe lifestyle changes for breast cancer risk reduction
Describe the positive link between exercise and breast cancer survival
Describe coping mechanisms that promote wellbeing
Describe the hallmarks of physical restoration after treatment for breast cancer
Perform a 3 general arm range of motion self-tests
Explain the concept of the inner unit in trunk control
Learn 4 exercises focusing on core facilitation and control
Explain the physical impact on the abdominals in the TRAm flap reconstruction procedure
Learn 8 Pilates-based upper core mat exercises
Learn the role of active assistive range of motion exercises for the arms
Describe the imagery of the “golden ring” in restoring arm function
Learn 24 Pilates-based mat exercises, demonstrated by survivors
Define lymphedema, its symptoms, its prevention, and suggestions for management
Learn specific goals for a restoration program
Learn the guidelines and progression stages for a complete physical program
Perform a chest wall lymphatic massage and self breast exam
Explain resources and information regarding post- radiation skin care
Explain the benefits of scar management
Describe nutrition goals and guidelines for physical restoration

Target Audience:

Physical Therapists and PT Assistants (CAPTA)
California Nurses (CA Board of Registered Nursing)

Educational Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Special Needs Requests will be accommodated wherever possible. Pilates Therapeutics is committed to 100% customer satisfaction.

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