Cancer Rehab, Lymphoedema and Lipoedema Treatment
At Tweak Health, we offer holistic and hands-on Physiotherapy to help you recover faster from injury or pain. We provide firm and effective treatments based on your goals. Get started Today!
Our Clinical Approach
Questions about your treatment
How can physio help with recovery from cancer?
A physio who has training in cancer rehab has specific knowledge of how cancer and cancer treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and medication can affect the body physically, mentally and cognitively. Cancer treatment effects may lead to physical impairments including pain, fatigue, lymphoedema, weakness, restricted range of motion, joint pain, and osteoporosis. Our goal is to minimise these side effects and ultimately improve quality of life.
When should I start physio? Before or after treatment?
It is strongly recommended to have an initial consult before treatment commences so that an individual plan can be created. However, physiotherapy can commence at any point in the journey.
What can I expect from physio?
Treatment is varied depending on what is indicated for the individual. Examples are hands on treatment or scar management post-surgery, implementing an individual exercise program aimed at strengthening muscles and improving joint movement, or it could be prescribing a specific walking or cycling program to help manage fatigue during chemotherapy. We also provide rehab to help manage the many side effects of cancer medication, especially hormonal side effects.
What is lymphoedema and how do I know if I need treatment?
Lymphoedema is a disease where there is a chronic and progressive build-up of fluid and other elements (e.g. proteins) in the tissue spaces of the body. The lymph system is responsible for the transport and processing of fluid within the body and then waste from this fluid is excreted. If there is damage to this system a backlog occurs, likened to a traffic jam, which results in the fluid build-up. Commonly people experience this condition after lymph node removal, surgery, or radiation as well as other medical conditions or trauma. It is important to engage with a lymphoedema therapist to monitor for lymphoedema from cancer treatment.
What conditions benefit from lymphoedema treatment?
Lymphoedema can either be classified as primary or secondary. Primary lymphoedema is caused by hereditary or congenital abnormalities of the lymphatic system. Here the lymph vessels develop abnormally, and onset can be at birth, puberty or in adulthood.
Secondary lymphoedema is the result of damage which has occurred to the vessels and/or lymph nodes of the lymphatic system. This could be from an operation, radiotherapy, infections, burns or serious wounds or injury. It is also associated with overload of the lymphatic system, where it cannot function properly, this can occur with venous disease, immobility, lipoedema or obesity.
What would treatment entail?
It is important to work with a lymphoedema therapist to help manage the condition optimally. Therapy options can include manual lymphatic drainage, bandaging, compression garment prescription and other modalities.
What is lipoedema?
Lipoedema is a chronic condition which results in the build-up of adipose (fat) tissue on the body. Typical affected areas are thighs, buttocks, lower legs and occasionally arms. The condition primarily affects females and seems to have both a hormonal and genetic component. Those with lipoedema may be more at risk of getting lymphoedema.
Summary of treatment options
· Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy
Decongestive lymphatic therapy comprises multiple treatment approaches for lymphoedema and is performed by therapists with appropriate training. These therapies include:
· Manual lymphatic drainage – a type of light massage that promotes movement of lymphatic fluid out of the swollen limb or region.
· Compression therapy – this involves compression bandaging and/or compression garments which aim at reducing or controlling swelling.
· Skin care – skin changes are associated with lymphoedema so maintaining adequate skin care promotes healthy skin integrity and reduce the risk of infection.
· Exercise – a mixture of resistance and strength training that has many benefits including improving blood circulation and stimulating the lymphatic system, maintaining a health weight and improving limb movement and overall quality of life.
Treatment can also include other modalities including Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (SIPC), Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and kinesiotaping. A therapist should have appropriate training to undertake decongestive lymphatic therapy and be actively involved with other medical professionals that work with the patient
We Can Help With..
Motion & Mobility
Reduce Chance Of Future Injuries
Rehabilitation, Surgery and Cancer (Pre/During/Post Surgery)
Women’s Health (Pre/Post Natal, Mums, Menopause)
PHYSIOTHERAPY & REMEDIAL MASSAGE BOOKINGS
Our Tweak Health clinics are conveniently located in Mount Pleasant, Belmont and Newman.
What to Expect at Your First Physio Consult?
An initial consultation is usually a longer appointment that includes an assessment of your area(s) of concern, discussion of possible prognosis, development of a treatment plan and expected treatment timeline.
If there is a particular treatment you would like, please let us know early in the session. Please bring along any reports or scans you might have with you.
Typically, we test to investigate and uncover the root cause of your pain or concerns. Your treatment is personalised to your needs and unique health journey.
Depending on your clinical diagnosis, our treatment plan may include hands-on physio treatments, massage, joint manipulation and mobilisation, exercise therapy and/or dry needling.
Exercise therapy can include things like cardiovascular stretching, posture retraining and muscle strengthening.
To get started on your recovery journey, book and initial consult with one of our experienced Physiotherapists today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Your first visit (Initial) are usually a longer appointment of 45 minutes (with shorter 30 minutes also available) and includes an assessment of your area(s) of concern, discussion of possible prognosis, treatment plan and treatment time (which may include hands-on treatment, exercise therapy/prescription, dry needling etc).
If there is a particular treatment you would like please do let us know early in the session. Please bring any reports you might have with you.
Subsequent sessions are normally 30 minutes but can be extended to 45 or 60 minutes if you have multiple areas of concern. Let us know when you book. Normally these would include a quick re-assessment (of your area of concern, any changes in goals or treatment direction), with more focus on treatment time/exercise the.rapy
No Dr or Specialist Referral is required to see a Physio in Australia. You can book in an appointment with us straight away!
Private health rebates are available through HICAPS system at the clinic so you can claim straight away, reducing out of pocket costs.
We accept all major funds, but unfortunately we are unable to know the exact amount you can claim back as everyone’s private health is different. If you would like know the specific amount you can get from your insurer, please contact them directly.
You can book in without necessarily having an injury! We provide assessments and treatments to help you move better than you are now!
Please note that a cancellation policy is in place. Should you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do give us 24 hours notice or you may be charged a cancellation fee. Thank you for your consideration.
For a patient to achieve optimum benefits soon after diagnosis, practitioners recommend three visits per week initially.
However, depending on the severity of your condition, the number of times you may need to see your physio will vary.
Dry needling uses a sterile single use needle and is based on trigger point therapy – uses small needles that target the pain point areas to relieve tension by releasing trigger points (knots in muscle).
When is dry needling recommended?
- Help release myofascial trigger points (muscle knots)
- Assist with pain management
- Restore movement at a joint if limited by myofascial trigger points.
Does it hurt?
You’ll feel a mild tingly sensation as the needle inserts and withdraws. The insertion of the needle should not be uncomfortable when performed by a physiotherapist. Patients don’t report any discomfort during needle insertion.
While Physiotherapist do perform massage therapy, it’s only a small portion of the treatment we give patients. At Tweak.Health we still prioritise manual therapy and exercise prescriptions.
So, what really IS the difference between the two?
⭐ MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage therapy is commonly used for immediate relaxation of pain and muscle spasms. While they don’t actually provide primary care after injuries, they can be a part of an overall treatment plan.
Physiotherapy is geared more towards rehabilitating muscle, joint and nerve function. We work to restore the body due to an injury, disease or motion limitations.
A physiotherapy appointment often involves an assessment followed by diagnosis and treatment. On the other hand, massage therapy alone doesn’t require such things.
You may feel the need to see your massage therapist weekly as you’re not solving the root of the issue (e.g. bad posture, injuries, disease). But your Physio can help to explain the pathology or reason why your issue developed in the first place, and this has the potential to help you recover and move on💪
Needless to say, you may benefit from both, and sometimes simultaneously! Whichever you choose, make sure that it’s appropriate to what you need, and visit a qualified health professional or your local GP.