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Weight Lifting- A Pliable, Promising Option For Breast Cancer Survivors

Submitted by on August 20, 2009 – 10:15 am6 Comments

Weight lifting is now an acceptable option subsequent to Breast Cancer surgery and gaining significant momentum as the ideal option in those breast cancer survivors with lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling in the arms due to accumulation of fluid. Lymphedema is known to be a long-lasting side effect found in those breast cancer patients whose lymph nodes are removed at the time of surgery.

A latest research disputes the credence that breast cancer cases with lymphedema in the arms must desist from lifting heavy weights to avert any aggravation. The novel study printed in the 13th August publication of ‘The New England Journal of Medicine’ states that weight lifting may, in fact assist in improving the condition of those breast cancer survivors ailing with lymphedema.

The study was carried out on 141 U.S. based women that had undergone breast cancer treatment, with half of whom availed complimentary sponsorship to a neighbouring health club and received weight lifting training from certified, clued-up trainers regarding lymphedema. The other half of the women populace was not requested to commence weight training with a year pass to the health club only when the study concluded.

The women belonging to the weight lifting set underwent the sessions two times per week that comprised of stretches, cardiovascular warming sessions and exercises targeting the abdomen and muscles of the back. These women sported customised compression gear on the affected arm, with the trainers imparting exercises that were testing, yet not rigid.

The arm sizes of those weight lifting women from the study were seen to have their affected arm swell up by more than 5% much like the other women in the comparison set.

As a matter of fact, the women belonging to the weight lifting category displayed better improvement in the symptoms associated with lymphedema and additionally gained strength.

Such a discovery sustains the latent advantages of a gradual increase in weight lifting in women breast cancer survivors with lymphedema who used proper compression clothing and correctly guided weight lifting programme.

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