Encore helps in recovery

SUPPORT for women recovering from breast cancer is on its way to Tweed.

YWCA Encore is a free eight-week program funded by NSW Health, which supports recovery from breast cancer through gentle exercise and starts next month.

Murwillumbah Encore co-ordinators Ricarda Funke and Sue Phillips said the program was an innovative and inspiring approach to recovery from breast cancer surgery.

“It is a gentle program which meets the exercise and support needs of women after their treatment in a nurturing, supportive environment,” Sue said.

“It includes gentle floor and hydro-pool based exercises for women of any age who have had a mastectomy, lumpectomy or breast reconstruction surgery at any time in their lives.”

Sue explained that after surgery and treatment for breast cancer, many women experienced numbness, pins and needles, a loss of mobility and strength, and discomfort in their upper body.

“The Encore program's gentle land and water-based exercises are designed to increase the level of flexibility and range of movement, minimise the risk of lymphoedema, assist in the management of lymphoedema and improve overall fitness levels,” she said.

“It aims to increase the level of difficulty and resistance over the time and participants are encouraged to continue exercising at home.

“It's a great stepping stone back into normal physical activity for those who were active prior to their diagnosis or the first step for those who were previously inactive.

“It will build confidence and boost self-esteem while creating a positive attitude to life and health.”

The program, to be held every Friday from October 23 to December 11 from 11am to 1pm, will include time for relaxation and an opportunity for women to share their experiences in a supportive environment.

It will be held in the new hydrotherapy pool, part of the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre at Murwillumbah.

Numbers are limited to 14 participants per program so contact the co-ordinators for an enrolment form.

For more details or to enrol, phone Sue on (02) 66 79 5091 or Ricarda on 0420 925 353.

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