“A Breath of Hope” Physical Therapy Pain Management Workshop for Lung Cancer Patients
Date: Saturday, 28th July 2018 Location: Adia WBS Centre, 10/F, Chinachem Cameron Centre, 42-44 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Many lung cancer patients may avoid exercise due to their illness. However moderate exercise will not only improve patients’ physical condition, including symptoms of their illness such as shortness of breath, fatigue and pain, but also help relieve anxiety and other mood and emotional distress.
A Breath of Hope ran a Physical Therapy Pain Management Workshop for Lung Cancer Patients on the 28th July. The workshop was well received and an additional session was held to accommodate more patients. Over 60 lung cancer patients and their families attended. Senior physiotherapist Ms. Lavinia Wong demonstrated a few sets of easy pain-relieving exercises, such as diaphragmatic breathing and pursed lip breathing, as well as endurance exercises.
Clinical oncologist Dr. Patricia Poon also joined in the exercises, and responded to any questions patients and their family members raised. When came to the question on what kind of exercise should lung cancer patients do, Dr. Poon shared with her own experience that the best exercise would be the kind of sports or exercise that you love to do most. At last, Lavinia stressed that persistence is the key to a good exercise regime.
We hope the workshop has helped patients find the motivation to exercise correctly, and that they feel the benefits of regular exercising. However always remember when exercising not to go beyond your own limits, and to stop immediately and consult a doctor or physiotherapist if you begin to develop pains or feel unwell.