The Pink Ribbon Programme – Post Breast Cancer Recovery

Elaine TippleMeet Elaine Tipple, our super talented Pink Ribbon Programme & Clinical Pilates Practitioner.

We have been teaching the Pink Ribbon Program at Platinum Pilates since 2012 and have successfully helped hundreds of women in the recovery process of Breast Cancer.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women in Ireland and we probably all know somebody that has been affected by it.

In fact breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and men worldwide? Ireland is the 10th highest country in the world with breast cancer cases.

Platinum Pilates have been running the Pink Ribbon Program since 2011 and have joined forces with our Chartered Physiotherapist Team with the goal of being able to provide an even bigger more holistic program.

Our ethos is to welcome breast cancer patients and survivors into a safe and calm environment where they can regain their strength, mobility and confidence.

The Pink Ribbon Program at Platinum Pilates allows us to work in a clinical setting with the support of practitioners who are more experienced that your average Pilates Teacher.

The program has been created to enhance recovery for breast cancer patients. The program helps stretch and strengthens shoulder, chest, and back allowing the patient to improve range of motion and strength to those areas most affected by breast cancer surgery, treatment and reconstruction.

The Pink Ribbon ProgramThe life-force of the Pink Ribbon Program is to ensure that every woman has the ability to regain a sense of wellbeing that had been lost from diagnosis through surgery and into recovery. This can be achieved, in part, through an exercise therapy program designed specifically for the needs and challenges facing the growing number of breast cancer survivors.

Rehabilitation is a key component often missing in the treatment of breast cancer. The recovery stage of breast cancer is vital.

Benefits of the Pink Ribbon Programme

  • Regain Strength and Mobility in Affected Shoulder & Arm
  • Promotes Lymphatic Drainage, Helping to Prevent Lymphedema
  • Improves Functional Ability & Quality of Life
  • Enhances & Restores Energy Levels
  • Assists in Restoring Posture
  • Decreases Stress & Anxiety
  • Alleviates Pain & Swelling

The founder of the Pink Ribbon Programme is an American woman called Doreen Puglisi, a former college professor and renowned international presenter.

The Pink Ribbon Program originated when Doreen began working with breast cancer survivors as an exercise physiologist and Pilates instructor. This recovery program was well underway when Doreen faced her own cancer diagnosis. She applied the Pink Ribbon protocol to her own recovery. Today the Pink Ribbon Program is a gentle, staged process that begins when the survivor is either six weeks post-operative or has received surgeon’s approval to begin therapeutic exercise.

As a Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist I am certified to rehabilitate breast cancer patients. Everyone’s experience with breast cancer is different. Sometimes little damage or invasion is done to the body if the cancer is caught early. However usually the more aggressive the cancer, the more aggressive the surgery which means a longer recovery.

The type of surgery you have will depend on

  • The size of the cancer in your breast
  • Whether it has spread to any other part of your body
  • The size of your breasts
  • Your personal wishes and feelings
  • In some situations you may be offered a choice of treatments

You may need to have one of the following procedures

  • A Sentinel Node Biopsy (procedure to see if cancer has metastasized, nodes are removed)
  • Axillary Dissection (removal of the fat pad under the arm and lymph nodes)
  • Lumpectomy/partial Mastectomy (only the lump or area of cancer removed)
  • Total Mastectomy (The whole breast removed including nipple and skin)
  • Modified Radical Mastectomy (Removal of breast, nipple, fascia lining over pectorial muscle)
  • Radical Mastectomy (Removal of breast, nipple, fascia lining, pectoralis major and minor)

You may choose to have a new breast shape made (breast reconstruction) at the time of surgery or later. Every surgery and reconstruction process has variable effects on the body. As a rehabilitative breast cancer exercise specialise I allow my clients to experience healthy movement, encouraging the body to function in a way that helps their daily life.

 

For more information on the Pink Ribbon Program get in touch

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Milena Byrne

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