Saturday, February 13, 2016

Chair Yoga for Cancer Recovery

Chair yoga is a series of yoga poses that can be done in a chair. If getting down to the floor is difficult or you are working at your desk and need a break, these poses will help stretch your body and energize your body and mind. Cancer patients often experience days of lack of energy and not feeling like moving ones body. Chair yoga may help with increasing your energy, chemo brain, increasing appetite, help with strengthening muscle. The equipment you will need for this series: Chair without arms, yoga block (pillow or small 6” ball). Position your body so you are seated at the edge of the chair.
As always, please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine, especially if you are recovering from surgery. Always go at your own pace and stop if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.
Check out the link below!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Coloring Book for Knitters!

What a great idea! A coloring book for knitters! Check out this site!

Bed Top Yoga for Cancer Patients

This is a first in a series of videos we filmed for cancer patients. "Bed Top Yoga".
If you are unable to get out of bed, secondary to weakness or fatigue this is one way to get your self going for the day.
Cancer Wellness TV offers free videos for cancer patients.
Check them out!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pilates for the Breast Cancer Survivor; A Guide to Recovery, Healing and Wellness

Whether you are undergoing therapy for breast cancer or recovering from it, the treatment and disease can leave you feeling weak. Pilates is a safe and effective way to help you get your strength back while fighting chemo brain, lymphedema, fatigue, depression, weight gain, peripheral neuropathy, osteoporosis, and upper extremity impairment. Naomi Aaronson and Anne Marie Turo, occupational therapists and certified Pilates instructors, show you how to build strength, flexibility, and confidence and improve everyday life after breast cancer through Pilates.
This customizable three-phase program allows you to ease back into health at your own pace and challenge yourself as you regain mobility and power. With clear instructions and photos, you'll learn how to use correct posture, form, and alignment to get the most out of your exercise and feel better faster.
  • Simple exercises to improve core and upper body strength
  • A three-phase program to bring you from treatment to full recovery
  • A special routine for recovery from the TRAM Flap procedure
  • Adaptations for every exercise including seating and standing alternatives

Friday, November 9, 2012

One of my favorites items to travel with is the " Stretch out Strap". The strap is 72" long, with 10 loops that your hands or feet can easily fit into. The strap is durable and can be used to perform unassisted stretches.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

National Backpack Awareness Day Sept.19,2012

Wednesday September 19, 2012 is National Backpack Awareness Day. It's a day dedicated to the increased awareness of children and adolescence who might be experiencing low back pain from carrying heavy backpacks. Have you ever seen children waiting for the school bus with their backpacks  over stuffed and probably weighing more than the child? AOTA recommends that a child's backpack weigh no more than 10% of a child's body weight.
Backpack awareness day is not just for children - adults should be checking out their briefcases, luggage and purses for the same issues.
Take a look at these safety tip sheets put out by AOTA. Let's try to keep the whole family safe when performing their activities of daily living.
Check out Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA- youtube video, she will review 3 important tips on selecting the right backpack for your child, packing it correctly, and wearing it correctly.

I have included tip sheets that you can print out and keep handy.

-Backpack Strategies for Parents and Students
- Ergonomic Strategies for Carrying a Purse
- Ergonomic Strategies for Using a Briefcase
-Ergonomic Strategies for Using a Suitcase

For more information contact:  Integrated Mind & Body, LLC