Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Strength Training - Survive and Thrive program

Nov 01, 2012

by Janet Smick, MA, PT

This month, we have a special guest to introduce the third component of our Survive and Thrive: Cancer Survivorship Program… physical activity. Janet Smick joined the Rehabilitation Services team at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara in 1985 and became an Outpatient Clinical Supervisor a few years later. Among other things, she specializes in treating oncology patients.

As a physical therapist, I am passionate about patients regaining their strength and endurance, a critical step towards recovery. Regular exercise can help battle fatigue and improve muscle strength, balance, and stiff joints. It can also help with insomnia, weight gain, depression, and stress management. Research indicates it may even decrease the recurrence of some cancers. To put it simply, we feel better when we exercise.

Recovery takes time and dedication, and getting back into shape on your own can be challenging. That’s why I’m excited to announce the launch of our new Strength Training: Mind & Body class—the newest addition to our Cancer Survivorship Program.

This 6-week course starts November 6, 2012, and is taught by a certified trainer who provides personalized attention in a supportive environment. Each session begins with an informative discussion about cancer survivorship followed by gentle strength training and stretching. Our goal is for you to finish the series with a strong body and an inspired mind.

To join this class, contact the Mind-Body Wellness Center at 408-366-4284.

And if you’re looking for more ways to keep moving, check out our Restorative Yoga class. Learn how to improve your range of motion, increase circulation, reduce stress, and manage pain with gentle movements and deep breathing.

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