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Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors

SKU# 9781936303571

A Guide to Recovery, Healing, and Wellness

Author: Naomi Aaronson "MA, OTR/L, CHT, CPI", Ann Marie Turo OTR/L


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No matter where you are in treatment, what side effects you may be experiencing, or your general fitness level, Pilates is a safe and effective way to help you regain flexibility, power, and endurance while relieving treatment side effects such as lymphedema, fatigue, depression, peripheral neuropathy, osteoporosis, and upper extremity impairment. Naomi Aaronson and Ann Marie Turo, occupational therapists and certified Pilates instructors, show you how to use exercises to:

  • Strengthen arms and shoulders and regain your range of motion.
  • Reduce pain and swelling and stretch tight areas affected by scars.
  • Build core strength and back stability, especially important after TRAM or DIEP flap breast reconstruction surgery.
  • Improve balance and coordination.
  • Make it easier to perform basic daily living tasks.
  • Release stress and boost energy.

Including programs that can be done lying down, seated, or standing, Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors will help you achieve maximum wellness, now and throughout your journey living life after cancer.


Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 23, 2014
  • Page Count 238
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303571
  • EISBN 9781617051951

Table of Contents 

; Part I: Why Pilates for Cancer?
; Part II: The Principles of Pilates
; Part III: Stretches
; Part IV: Three Phase Pilates Program
; Part V: Three Phase TRAM Flap Pilates Program
; Part VI: Pilates Chair Program
; Part VII: Standing Pilates
; Part VIII: Wellness
; Glossary of Terms
; Resources
; References

Editorial Review(s) 

"An excellent, user-friendly guide for therapists and lay people alike, Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Guide to Recovery, Healing, and Wellness, a step-by-step resource to improving one's fitness level, flexibility, and endurance while relieving cancer treatment side effects such as lymphedema, fatigue, depression, peripheral neuropathy (damage to the nerves that can affect sensation or movement), osteoporosis, and upper extremity impairment. Black-and-white photography demonstrates the movements and exercises that anyone can perform, at the gym or in the privacy of their own home. —Midwest Book Review

“I will definitely be recommending this book to my patients. It is written in layman's terms, with clear concise directions. My breast cancer patients will be encouraged to see photos of mature women demonstrating the exercises rather than the ‘Barbie dolls’ one usually finds in photo layouts. As a therapist, I am pleased to see that the authors stress very basic movements at first, which is where most people recovering from cancer treatment need to start. The section covering special routines for TRAM and DIEP is well researched and will be a welcome tool for both therapists and patients.” —Debra S. Daugherty, OTR, CLT, Lymphedema Therapist

Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors is the quintessential guide for breast cancer survivors and well as individuals who have undergone diagnostic procedures to rule out breast cancer. This guide offers a practical, simple approach to sharing information, aftercare essentials, and cautionary guidelines for implementing any movement following treatment. The concepts which set the foundation for the Pilates work which follows is tangible, extremely useful and gives the reader then sense that ‘someone knows where they are and where they have been’ at each if the various stages of recovery. An excellent resource for survivors, their loved ones, and the practitioners who walk the journey of recovery with them.” —Dawn-Marie Ickes, MPT, PMA-CPT, owner, Evolve Integrative Wellness Physical Therapy & Pilates

“A sensible, step-by-step approach to build strength, flexibility, balance, and a centered life. Pilates exercises are ideal for breast cancer survivors of all abilities and stages of disease. The information in this book will help readers improve their quality of life." —Anna L. Schwartz, PhD, FNP, FAAN

"As a physician and a breast cancer survivor, I found this book to be an excellent resource to help women rehabilitate after cancer treatment. It is thoughtful, realistic and contains extensive information about breast cancer treatments and their impact on our bodies. The authors have created a book that I can safely recommend to my patients as they navigate their way through their new normal and back to exercise and rehabilitation. As a person with breast cancer related lymphedema, I especially appreciate the authors' knowledge and modifications of their exercises." —Judith Nudelman MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Brown University