Friday, September 20, 2019
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Report from “The Strong Pink Women Program”, breast cancer rehabilitation for Physiotherapists course on June 13th and 14th 2019. Physiotherapy teacher: Siobhan O’ Reilly Bracken Exercise classes teacher: Hayley Killen This course was held in UCD School of Physiotherapy rooms, over 2 days with 11 participants, one administrative assistant, one...
Implementing Standards of Care in Cancer Rehabilitation In Ireland's Health Services Proposal for Cancer Survivorship Surveillance Model (CSSM). Original Article by: Jill Binkley, PT, MSc(PT), CLT, FAAOMPT. Siobhan O’Reilly Bracken, MISCP, MPA, CLT. MSc(Sports) Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Background Treatment for cancer typically includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and endocrine therapies, which introduce a variety of physiological effects known to adversely impact body structure and...
Siobhan and colleagues from the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy volunteering at The VHI Women's mini-marathon. Once finished runners enter the Wellness Arena to cool down and recover. Using mats, foam rollers and tennis balls, tight muscles and sore feet are gently massaged and stretched to ease any soreness and help recovery. It’s an emotional day with...
The Pink Ribbon Program Once breast cancer patients has recovered free and painless mobility of the chest and arm of the affected side they can start strengthening to safely: Restore shoulder strength and movement Restore ability to do activities of daily living (ADLs). Return to recreational activities and high-level sports. There are many approaches to strengthening after breast cancer including The...
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) MLD is a massage technique developed by Dr Emil Vodder to stimulate and drain the body’s lymphatic system and reduce swelling. Siobhan is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) since 1996. She uses these specialised MLD techniques and sequences to stimulate lymphatic nodes and vessels and move lymph fluid along to the deeper system for processing. In...
Therapies Treatment in provided in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. We specialise in the aftercare of: Breast cancer surgery And Gynaecological cancer surgery. Skin cancer surgery. Head and neck cancer surgery. Sarcoma surgery. Symptoms such as. Shoulder pain and stiffness Muscle tension Fibrosis Cording Adhered scars Swelling and lymphoedema Neck stiffness and pain Back complaints Hip complaints Knee stiffness and swelling Therapies Soft Tissue...
Lymphedema Air-travel and Vacation Tips   There is nothing quite like a wonderful holiday to chase the blues away and we in Ireland are spoiled for choice. This article deals with lymphedema, airline travel and vacation challenges, so you may learn how to reduce your risk of developing lymphedema, or minimise your risk of flare ups. Lymphedema is the accumulation of protein-rich fluid in tissues...
March 2019 #1. Understand Cancer Related Fatigue Cancer related fatigue (CRF) layers on top of normal tiredness and exhaustion.  Up to 90% of patients treated with radiation and up to 80% of those treated with chemotherapy experience fatigue. (Hoffman M. et al, 2007). 90% of cancer patients rank it more troublesome than pain and anxiety. CRF is different from normal fatigue...
Exercise Styles There are so many wonderful styles of exercising all with there own special gifts. The following is a brief description of the styles I am familiar with. If you wish me to highlight another style, that you think our readers would enjoy learning more about please email me and I will post it on this page. Yoga Pilates ...
My Thoughts About Exercise and Lifestyle.. We know exercise is good for us, but making it part of our daily lives is not that simple. Like you I struggle to keep it a non-negotiable part of my lifestyle.  What motivates me, particularly on those stressed out and exhausted days, is how happy and energized I feel afterwards and how proud...