Rehabilitation of cancer diseases

The positive effects of training interventions in the rehabilitation of various diseases have been proven with great evidence. This also seems to be the case in the field of cancer. Studies show a slower progression of the disease, reduced mortality and a reduced risk of recurrence. Exercise in particular shows positive influences on the severity of lymphedema, chronic fatigue, anxiety, quality of life and functional capacity. While some recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate endurance training per week like two to three times strength and flexibility training, other Pilates interventions show a greater effect compared to a control group with conventional training. With regard to cancer-related fatigue, training alone and in combination with psychotherapy seems to be even more effective than drug therapy.
In Pilates training, the intensity and range of movement can be easily controlled, especially on the machines, thus enabling a safe and yet efficient training. In particular, the concentrated, precise work in combination with conscious breathing helps patients to gain better access to their bodies and thus restore confidence in them.
An integrative concept with oncology, psychology and movement has already been implemented at caba. in Basel. Patients can take additional lessons during or after chemotherapy in the fully equipped Pilates studio in the clinic's own premises.
Oncologist Dr. Cathrin Balmelli commented: "The integrated Pilates studio offers our patients a range of movements that can be individually adapted to their needs. Exercise helps them to tolerate chemotherapy better, to improve their quality of life and to regain confidence in their own body".


Michael Brunner (Owner Spirit-Studio, educator Polestar Pilates) und Barbara Handschin (Initiator caba., PMA pilates teacher, Lic. phil. Psychologie)

Source: Gesundheit & Therapie, April 2018, S. 4Main Blog Titel