The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Patients Living with Breast Cancer

Oct 14, 2021

Michelle Bogert

by Michelle Bogert
PT, DPT | Paradise Valley Location

Foothills is going pink this October to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month! Along with our fundraising efforts in our clinics, we’re also excited to announce that we’ll be the Tribute Tent sponsor at the upcoming Phoenix Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Lace up your tennis shoes, dress up in pink and join us for an inspirational morning at Tempe Town Lake. To donate to the cause you can join our team online or stop by any of our locations valley-wide to donate.

Physical Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients

The benefits of physical therapy extend beyond just treating and healing basic orthopedic ailments and injuries; it can also be beneficial to those who had to undergo a mastectomy, radiation treatment, or other chemotherapies.

Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapists can help patients lessen swelling, improve range of motion, and increase strength and conditioning through therapy treatments and techniques.

Along with building strength, physical therapy can also improve the psychological component associated with a cancer diagnosis. Physical therapy treatments provide the benefits of general exercise, which releases endorphins that help stimulate a positive mood and reduce fatigue. Socialization and comradery are also an added benefit of visiting one of our clinics.

Exercise and Breast Cancer

  • Improve overall health and quality of life
  • Proven to reduce fatigue, nausea, pain, stress and assist in maintaining weight
  • Physical therapists are experts in movement and prescribing exercise programs
  • Comradery comes from being with others

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Breast Cancer

  • Weight-bearing exercises are beneficial to counteract bone loss related to chemotherapy
  • Shoulder stiffness is common following mastectomy procedures
  • Range of motion, stretching, and strengthening improve function and quality of life


Are you interested in learning more about how physical therapy can positively impact the life and function of those battling breast cancer? Please speak with your doctor or request an appointment today at one of our valley-wide Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy locations.

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