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Upcoming Workshops
Relaxation through Adult Coloring

  • Stressed out because of the holidays, election, health issues etc.? Coloring in coloring books has been shown to be therapeutic by calming the mind, changing your heart rate and breathing pattern, and positively altering your brainwaves. It allows us to play, be present and relax. We all need a bit of that right now. Let's get together as a community and color here at CRA. Anyone and everyone welcome. We just ask that this be an adult only event so we can be in a quiet, calm and healing environment. We will supply the coloring books and colors but feel free to bring your own as well. We will relax, listen to music, eat snacks and color. Feel free to bring snack and drinks if you wish. I believe this will be a memorable and relaxing event.


When: 
Saturday, December 17th at 5 PM

Where: Cancer Rehab Austin

1517 W Koenig Ln Bldg. A, Austin, Texas 78756

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Exercise During and After Cancer Treatment

  • Have you made a New Year's resolution to be healthier but not know how to get started? This presentation by oncology rehab specialist and certified lymphedema therapist Dr. Angela Wicker-Ramos PT, DPT, CLT-LANA will help answer the following questions:

  • How can I safely return to exercise during and after cancer treatment?

  • How can exercise reduce some of the side effects of cancer treatment?
  • What are the benefits of exercise?

  • What type of exercise is best for me?

  • How is my lymphatic system impacted by exercise?

  • Discussion about fatigue, lymphedema, neuropathy, pelvic floor issues, bone density and much more...


When: 
Monday, January 9th at 6PM

Where: Cancer Rehab Austin

1517 W Koenig Ln Bldg. A, Austin, Texas 78756

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Oncology Course for Physical Therapists
CRA's therapist Angela has written a continuing education course on Oncology Rehab.

PTwebucation.com announces a new physical therapy continuing education online course available in multiple states, Introduction to Oncology Rehab; Safely and effectively working with the cancer patient. The course is presented by Angela Wicker-Ramos PT, DPT, CLT- LANA. Angela Wicker-Ramos PT, DPT, CLT- LANA is the owner, certified lymphedema therapist, oncology physical therapist and pelvic floor rehab therapist at Cancer Rehab Austin. She has lymphedema certifications from both the Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS) and the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA)

Use code "oncology20" for a 20% discount!

Click this link to access the course

Education Corner:
Bone Health

BONE FACTS:

● You have 206 bones in your body!

● Bone mass peaks during the third decade of life. 

● Bones become stronger with exercise by stimulating your bones to form new tissue.

● Strengthening exercises such as weights cause your muscles to pull on the bone that they are attached to. This stimulates bone growth.

● Weight bearing exercises stimulate bone growth through impact. This brings in new bone cells and strengthens the bone.

● Cancer treatments can cause bone loss as a resulting side effect of medication or increased sedentary lifestyle.

● Exercise also helps decrease risk for falls by improving strength, coordination and balance.

Exercise and Bone Health

The best exercises to promote bone health are weight-bearing exercises (working against gravity):

Bone health can be improved by either high impact or low impact exercise. If you have osteopenia, osteoporosis or pain it is recommended you perform LOW impact exercises.

Examples of LOW impact exercises include: 

  • Elliptical machines
  • Low-impact aerobics
  • Stair-step machines
  • Fast walking on a treadmill or outside

Examples of HIGH impact exercises include:

  • Dancing
  • Doing high-impact aerobics
  • Hiking
  • Jogging/running
  • Jumping Rope
  • Stair climbing
  • Tennis

(If you have cancer in the bone always consult with your medical oncologist before starting an exercise program.)

How often do I need to perform weight bearing exercises?

According to a 2014 study by Kemmler:

"Weight bearing exercises must be performed at least 3x/wk to impact bone growth." 

American Cancer Society's Recommendations:

“For people who are not active or just starting a physical activity program, activity levels below the recommended levels can still help your health, especially your heart.”

“The amount and intensity of activity can then be increased slowly over time.”


Need Physical Therapy? Contact CRA's physical therapist Dr. Angela Wicker-Ramos PT, DPT, CLT-LANA at angela@cancerrehabaustin.com or at 512-524-0964.

Research
Assessment of Lymphatic Contractile Function Following Manual Lymphatic Drainage Using Near-infrared Fluorescence Imaging
Imaging Techniques Demonstrate Effectiveness of Manual Lymphatic Drainage 
This study demonstrates that manual lymphatic drainage improves lymphatic function using advanced imaging techniques.

Read the article here
Community Organization Spotlight
Regarding Cancer

Regarding Cancer is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas that provides complimentary resources, evidence-based programs and one-on-one support through our volunteer matching program for the cancer-diagnosed individual, their caregivers and the community.  

In addition to the one-on-one support, our volunteers visit with patients in local oncology centers and infusion rooms.  If you are a cancer survivor or have cared for a loved one with cancer, we would like you to consider becoming a Re: Cancer volunteer.  To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please visit our volunteer page http://regardingcancer.org/volunteer/ or contact our Program Director, Linda Richards at linda@regardingcancer.org

 

Contact Info: 

Website: www.regardingcancer.org

Phone: 512-213-4993

Program Director, Linda Richards linda@regardingcancer.org

Program Associate, Rachel Crise rachel@regardingcancer.org

What We Offer Here at CRA
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  • Let your medical practitioners know about us at your next follow up appointment. 

  • Tell others in your cancer support community that we are here to help.

  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share posts that you find interesting or informative.

  • If you have received treatment at CRA we would appreciate a review on Yelp, Facebook or Google. People rely on reviews to find quality care and practitioners they can trust.

    We are so blessed to be in such an amazing Austin community. We appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to make a difference one patient at a time.

Cancer Rehab Austin | Phone: 512-524-0964 | Fax: 512-524-0936 
email: angela@cancerrehabaustin.com| Website: www.cancerrehabaustin.com