Physical Health

Explore regulated & aternative therapies along with different exercise programs.

Cancer care is changing. In tandem with eradicating cancer is the attentive attention to your mental and physical well-being. Your physical rehabilitation is the chief concern of many Kamloops medical professionals, including specially trained therapists and programs designed just for cancer patients. Combating mobility issues, pain, tension, scar tissue, swelling, stress and physical misalignments by incorporating Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) contributes to your better quality of life. Kamloops is fortunate enough to have CAM professionals that are dedicated to dealing with the impacts you may experience whether due to a cancer diagnosis or treatment.

Regulated Therapies

Amanda Matton — Physiotherapist

I am a registered physiotherapist with post graduate training in cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema management. I am a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT-LANA) and PINC Cancer rehab therapist. My goal is to work alongside women with any diagnosis of cancer to assist them to get back to doing what they love.

Treatment is highly individualized and focuses on hands on therapy and exercise prescription following surgical intervention or radiation therapy, guidance for fatigue management while undergoing chemotherapy treatments, and complete decongestive therapy for the management of lymphedema.

Along with Andrea Edwards (PT), I facilitate the Strength After Breast Cancer 5-week re-introduction to strength based exercise training. This is geared towards small groups of women so that all exercises can be monitored an modified as needed, and is evidence based following the Physical Activity and Lymphedema (PAL) research study.

Bringing the most up to date treatment practices to Kamloops so that people don’t have to leave their own community is a passion of mine, and I look forward to collaborating with you to help you reach your health goals.

Andrea Edwards — Physiotherapist

I am a Physiotherapist and certified lymphatic therapist and am involved with ongoing education regarding exercise with cancer (PiNC and STEEL exercise programs). As one of the founders of the “KCC”, I am dedicated to help those with cancer live in our community with the best supports possible. I have been helping people live well with cancer for the last decade.

As a physiotherapist, I help people to live their best life post cancer diagnosis. With one on one focused hands on therapy, I guide you to release your tight tissue, suggest exercises for strengthening and greater ease of movement that when combined help you return to what you love doing.

I am proud to provide the Strength After Breast Cancer exercise group in the Kamloops community with Amanda Matton, PT. A 5- week guided progressive workout helps women strengthen and regain physical confidence.

Andrea Hansen — Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

I am a registered Doctor of Chinese medicine and acupuncture with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of BC. At Wild Roots we have a special interest in helping to restore the physiological and emotional health for those living with or recovering from a cancer diagnosis. A core philosophy at Wild Roots is that health is a state of physiological,emotional, and social wellness, not merely the absence of disease.

Colette Swain — Registered Massage Therapist

Certified through Dr Vodder Schools International in Lymphedema Management since 2009, I have an Advanced Practice in treating lymphedema and lymphatic health.I like to stay up-to-date with current research and studies by attending conferences and continually upgrading my education. Sharing this knowledge with my community stands as a priority within my practice. As a founder of the “KCC”, I am passionate about helping those living with cancer thrive in our community. I believe in teamwork and take pride in my work. I believe in working together with you and your healthcare team to meet your healthcare goals.

Katie Hamilton — Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

I obtained a degree in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, prior to completing my 4 year medical degree at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC.

I pursued much of my medical training at Vancouver Friends for Life, a wellness centre that provides care for people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other serious illnesses.

“Each person’s experience of health and illness is unique”, I emphasizes shared-decision making to empower my patients in achieving their wellness goals. I believe in a holistic approach to healing and aspire to complement the other components of each person’s health and support network.

Alternative Therapies

Imogen Wood — Osteopathic Practitioner

My name is Imogen Wood. I am the co-owner of Kamloops Osteopathy and I work as an osteopathic practitioner treating chronic and acute injuries. Many of my patients are post cancer diagnosis. When you are diagnosed with cancer it can stop you from entering social gatherings, doing sports or even trusting your own body to just walk down the street. I consider it my job to help return my patients back to balance restore muscle strength, flexibility and confidence in ones’ own body to help them back to the activities they love to do.

Paul Roberts — Osteopathic Practitioner

My name is Paul Roberts. I am the co-owner of Kamloops Osteopathy and I work as an osteopathic practitioner treating chronic and acute injuries. I am also a personal trainer and crossfit coach. Once my cancer patients’ are given the consent from their physician to exercise again, I can combine gentle osteopathic treatments with fun hourly personal training sessions to rebuild strength, flexibility and mobility. Any exercise can be adapted to suit the client, so you never need to feel like there is something you cannot do.

Danielle Wittal — Radiation Therapist / Pranayama Meditation Certified Teacher.

Hello! My name is Danielle Wittal. I am a Radiation Therapist, hold a Masters in Supportive and Palliative care in Oncology and a Pranayama Meditation Certified teacher. My passion is to help those dealing with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and into survivorship. With my recent training in Pranayama Mediation I would like to offer a unique experience utilizing breathe to aid in the healing process after diagnosis, during active treatment and in the survivorship phase. Prana is energy, the source of all life. In Pranayama we utilize the breath to influence vital energy meridians, channels and chakras within the body. It is with the movement of breathe awareness that change can occur. I utilize my experience and knowledge as a Radiation Therapist, combined with my Prana teaching to offer a unique compliment to further support cancer patients and their families.

Contact:

Email: dwwittal@gmail.com

Phone: 778-220-8822

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/818470045633756

Exercise Programs

Exercise After Breast Surgery

Exercise is an important part of your treatment and recovery after surgery for breast cancer. Exercise can help you: get movement back in your arms and shoulders; improve muscle strength; reduce fatigue; reduce pain and muscle tightness in you shoulders, neck and back; begin your daily activities again (such as bathing and dressing); improve your overall well-being.

We developed this booklet with physiotherapists who specialize in working with people who have had breast cancer surgery.

Kamloops Yoga Therapy

My name is Margaret Huff, and I am a yoga therapist, certified by the American Viniyoga Institute. In addition to my AVI training, I have also completed two 200-hour yoga teacher trainings with Marnie Marriott and the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, as well as “Yoga for Cancer Survivor” training with Susi Hately. My approach to health, healing and wellness, from a yogic perspective, is to look at the multi-dimensionality of human being-ness ~ body, nervous system, mind, emotions and spirit ~ and co-create complementary practices that are selected from the diverse tools of yoga for addressing an individual’s main area/s of concern. These may include specific relaxation, breathing, movement and meditation techniques geared for an individual’s particular needs. I also offer classes that can be arranged for groups, incorporating as much individualized adaptation as possible.

Spirit Warriors

The Spirit Warriors are a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team. We are a survivor group whose focus is on living, rather than on the disease that brought us together. Team members are from all walks of life, range in age from 30s to 70s with varied interests and fitness levels. We offer an active, health-giving, life affirming opportunity for breast cancer survivors.

The Pilates Tree

I have been teaching Pilates since 2001, and in that time have worked to bring my clients back to a place where they can be free of pain and in good health through private and group instruction. Pilates teaches efficient, corrective movement patterns, providing a healthy foundation for moving through life. When I discovered the Pink Ribbon Program, it was clear I needed to complete this training and bring the program into my business as 80% of my clientele are female, (some of whom were cancer survivors). Understanding the treatment and reconstructive process is important in the teaching and healing journey. This program allows me to help breast cancer survivors bridge the gap from diagnosis and treatment to getting back to living while creating a safe, supportive community within the studio.