The Post-Chemotherapy Cancer Patient – A Growing Patient Population

A cancer diagnosis is terrifying.

The questions, the fear and the concept of facing their own mortality are enough to paralyze even the strongest individual.

In the not so distant past, the standard was surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation or some combination of the three and that was it.

Then the patient played the waiting game to see what, if anything, worked.

What people didn’t realize was that the end of a course of chemotherapy was not the end of the healing process. They would be dealing with the lasting effects of chemotherapy long after their hair returned and the nausea ended.

And one of those lasting effects is post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy.

Fortunately for the chiropractic community, cancer patients are quickly learning that chiropractic, nutrition and often the correct forms nerve stimulation when combined in the hands of a skilled chiropractor can help alleviate the symptoms of their post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy.

The post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patient is becoming an enlightened consumer of complementary therapies that go beyond traditional medications and standard medical treatments.

A new-enlightened approach to treating their peripheral neuropathy symptoms gives the chiropractic community an ever-expanding patient population to serve. Treating these patients who have already walked through an experience most people live in fear of can be incredibly rewarding.

To get them in your office though, you need to show them exactly how your chiropractic and specialty care can improve their quality of life. It’s not just about marketing the traditional chiropractic care that people associate with whiplash or sports injuries. It’s about educating the potential post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patient on a three-pronged approach to their medical issues:

First, Chiropractic- It’s Not Just About Adjustments

Chances are that your potential post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patients have never been treated by a chiropractor. They may think they know what a chiropractor does but they may not understand everything that chiropractic can do for managing their condition.

Traditionally, chiropractors have been associated with treatment of injuries and illnesses affecting the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. In educating the post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patient, recognize that they can be dealing with gait problems, muscular weakness or even issues caused by radiation. The stress of dealing with any of these conditions cannot always be addressed by standard chiropractic techniques

Chiropractic by itself cannot prevent or cure cancer, but it can help the post-chemotherapy neuropathy patient deal with the symptoms and pain associated both with their cancer and their course of treatment. Often, by carefully mobilizing the spine and related tissues, we stimulate a healthier nervous system and that’s a basic building block for regaining their pre-cancer health and alleviating their nerve pain.

Nutrition

Chemotherapy and other cancer medications can wreck a patient’s digestive system. In the process of killing cancer cells, it can also damage healthy cells and that’s what brings on the side effects of chemotherapy. This can affect not only affect their ability to eat but also prevent the body from getting the nutrients it needs.

Talk to your post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patients about their nutrition issues. They can be dealing with any number of symptoms ranging from nausea and loss of appetite to dry mouth and changes in their sense of taste and smell. Offering nutrition information and dietary planning services is another way to serve this patient population. Good nutrition will boost the immune system and let it do its job in fighting off illnesses brought on by chemotherapy.

Potential post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patients may not realize that this is an area of their recovery you may help with. So, if you are trained in this specialty, make sure you include nutrition information in your patient education materials. Post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patients need to make sure they’re getting nutrients to prevent or reverse nutritional deficiencies, lessen the side effects of treatment and improve their quality of life. Without appropriate, simultaneous nutrition, other treatment protocols have no chance of success.

Appropriate Nerve Stimulation

Once a course of treatment has been designed and a nutrition plan established, the final piece in the overall treatment of the post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patient treatment plan is nerve stimulation.

There are some nerve stimulation techniques to help peripheral neuropathy patients.

But some are potentially harmful. Misapplication is dangerous. Learn the correct ways, and then educate your potential post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patients on the options available to them.

Some patients may have adopted an attitude of “I went through chemotherapy and my cancer is gone. I shouldn’t complain about nerve pain. I should just be thankful to be alive”.

What they need to know is that they don’t always have to just live with sleeplessness, pain, and balance and walking issues secondary to their treatment. Your chiropractic practice, when specially trained and equipped can offer them hope for a more normal life without debilitating pain. Yes, they survived cancer but they can beat their post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy, too.

Precise combinations of chiropractic, nutrition and often nerve stimulation are showing great promise in helping post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy patients return to a pain free life, without the debilitating effects of neuropathy.

Serving this courageous patient population can be incredibly rewarding. But it is a subspecialty that takes some study and time to learn.

When you are ready, let them know you’re there to help them.

The Post-Wedding Withdrawal

We hear about postpartum depression a lot, but did you know that a similar thing can happen to some women after they get married? Being engaged and a bride-to-be is such a magical time in a woman’s life that once the wedding is past, the honeymoon is over, and regular life kicks in, there can be a tremendous let-down. These are some tips on how to handle the post-wedding withdrawal.

Did you love being engaged? All the time spent planning your dream wedding, the people offering you best wishes and congratulations, getting all dressed up like a princess for a day – it can be a real thrill for some brides. Coming back down to real life after all of that can be a bit of an adjustment. Suddenly you are just another married lady, no longer a special bride, and that can be hard to take, especially for those who really got into the whole wedding thing. After it is all over, you may well find yourself thinking, “Now what?”.

For starters, you have a new marriage to nurture. Now that you will no longer be devoting your weekends to visiting bridal shows or having meetings with the caterer, you will have more time to spend with your significant other. This is a great opportunity to get back into the things that you have always enjoyed doing together and to discover new interests you can share. The beginning of a marriage is the perfect time to establish special rituals, such as a standing Friday night date or Sunday afternoons spent hiking.

Perhaps during the wedding planning process you found out that you have a real knack for throwing a great party. Beat the post-wedding blues by hosting a fabulous cocktail party or a formal dinner party for your friends. Make a real event of it, with mailed invitations, fancy food and drinks, elegant decorations, great music, and all the rest. It will be fun to put on a gorgeous dress with some of your bridal jewelry to play the role of gracious hostess. One tip: just because you are married now does not mean you have to only invite couples to your parties. There can be a tendency for newlyweds to gravitate away from their old single friends without even meaning to, so don’t let that happen to you.

If what you miss about your days as an engaged woman is feeling special and pampered, a great way to fight the post-wedding withdrawal is to treat yourself to a little pampering. Indulge in a manicure at a posh salon, get a massage, or go to a department store for a complimentary makeup lesson. Another thing that a lot of new wives like to do is to get a new haircut. After all, you are entering a new phase in your life, so why not do it with a new sophisticated hairstyle? These little indulgences will help you maintain that glow that you felt when you were a bride.

By the way, there is nothing wrong about wanting to spend time reminiscing about your wedding after the fact. Another way to help combat the post-wedding let-down is to make a scrapbook and savor all of those wonderful wedding memories. As long as you don’t let it become your only interest, it is perfectly fine to pore over all those lovely pictures of you and your husband at your wedding. It’s even okay to look at the photos of yourself in your wedding gown and bridal jewelry and think “Wow, I looked good!”. Just be sure not to drag out the wedding albums every time someone comes over for months after the wedding, because it can quickly grow old to friends. It is perfectly normal to want to relive your beautiful wedding memories over in your head, just so long as you also move on to enjoying your wonderful new life as a married woman.

Three Easy Steps to Beat the Post-Race Blues

It’s an all-too-common scenario in triathlon – you’ve signed up for, trained for, and completed your race. The finish-line pictures have been taken, the post-race parties and high-fives from friends are now past, the swim, bike and run sessions in your planned-out program are over, and suddenly you have a big, empty void in your life.

You feel depressed. Down. Unmotivated. Unfit. Lost.

You aren’t alone. This phenomena is called the “post-race blues”, and it happens to basketball players after they win a big tournament, tennis players after they achieve their desired ranking, golf players after they conquer a new handicap, or football players after they win the championship.

The post-race blues are entirely natural. Just think about it: if you had infinite amounts of joy, satisfaction, and self-fulfillment after accomplishing your goal, then you’d never have any incentive to move on to another goal! You’d just sit around basking in gumdrops, rainbows, and sunshine the rest of your life.

Heck, Ironman triathlon probably wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for the post-race blues, since folks would just keep on doing sprint triathlons as that would give them more than enough happiness. But post-race blues are a reality, and you do need to know how to handle your post-race blues to move on to bigger and better things. So in this article from the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, you’ll learn three easy steps to beat the post-race blues.

How To Beat the Post-Race Blues Step #1: Log Your Journey. Often, post-race blues are amplified by a lack of closure, or the feeling that you finished an important event but still have unfinished business. Writing can be incredibly cathartic, and allow you to project these feelings onto paper, whether for yourself or the rest of the world. In the modern age, this is most easily achieved by blogging, with your race ramblings, your photos and your videos – but you can also simply write notes to yourself in a journal.

Whichever method you decide, attempt to answer these questions: What did you do? How did you prepare? How did you feel during the event? How did you feel after the event? What would you change?

How To Beat the Post-Race Blues Step #2: Reboot and Refresh. If you try to “mask” your blues by jumping right back into swimming, cycling and running, you might last a couple weeks before mental fatigue and boredom set in. The same can be said for individuals who “Qualify for Kona” and jump right back into hard training, or don’t get the PR they wanted, and jump right back into hard training. So instead, you should “reboot and refresh”. How? Pick up a new sport (like golf), choose a new hobby (like studying red wine or playing the guitar) and find other sources of joy and fulfillment (like hanging out with your friends and family). Give yourself 2-3 weeks of complete down-time without any pressure to swim, bike or run.

How To Beat the Post-Race Blues Step #3: Create a New Goal. The empty valley created by an achieved goal is simply screaming to be filled by a new mountain for you to climb. Once you’ve completed your re-boot and re-fresh, or during that time, pour through triathlon calendars, triathlon magazines and race reports to find an even that truly excites you. A new distance? A unique destination? A group or club event? As soon as you have found your new goal, it is important to register for the event and find a plan to get you ready for the event- remember you want to strike while the iron is hot and you have an empty void to fill. Most importantly, remember that your goal doesn’t have to be a new race. It can also be getting six-pack abs, losing 20 pounds, or even becoming a rock star on the electronic keyboard.

By following these three steps to beat the post-race blues, you can avoid the trap that many fall into: achieving a goal, becoming depressed from the empty void, then gaining 30 pounds or giving up on their sport because they just don’t know what to do next. If you want more tips just like this, along with tons of free audios, videos, and other bonus gifts, visit the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, at http://www.rockstartriathleteacademy.com.