Helpful, peaceful healing – that’s the JuJu. Clinically trained physical therapy at the hands of a caring, licensed therapist – that’s the science. Combined, Body JuJu helps enable our patients to live their best lives with minimal pain.
From cancer rehabilitation to therapeutic exercise and so much more – the clinicians of Body JuJu combine the most contemporary healing technologies in physical therapy with a fresh, holistic approach to treatment.
Treatments & Services
Cancer and its treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy, can result in physical impairments. We assist individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer to recover from these impairments—and in some cases to help prevent them all together! Our goal is to help you optimize your physical function, independence, and overall quality of life.
Current evidence shows that neuroscience education and treatment strategies are able to reduce pain, increase function, reduce fear/catastrophizing, improve movement and change cognitions and brain activation during pain experiences. By diagnosing the type of pain (i.e. nociceptive, peripheral neurogenic, and/or central sensitization/neuroplastic), a customized care plan is designed to enhance knowledge and reduce the threat of pain.
Therapeutic pain interventions include:
- Sensory motor testing
- NeuroDynamics testing and treatment
- Laterality mapping
- Graded motor imagery
- Mirror therapy
Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) is defined as a “distressing, persistent, subjective sense of physical, emotional, and/or cognitive tiredness or exhaustion related to cancer or cancer treatment that is not proportional to recent activity and interferes with usual functioning. Compared with the fatigue experienced by healthy individuals, CRF is more severe, more distressing, and less likely to be relieved by rest.” CRF is reported more frequently than any other symptom of cancer and cancer treatment and affects 70-80% of cancer survivors at all stages of disease and recovery—during treatment, in advanced disease, and in remission.
Signs of cancer-related fatigue include:
- Feeling tired, weary, or exhausted even after sleeping
- Lacking energy to do revaluation activities
- Having trouble concentrating, thinking clearly or remembering
- Feeling negative, irritable, impatient or unmotivated
- Lacking interest in normal, day-to-day activities
- Spending less attention on personal appearance
- Spending more time in bed or sleeping
Treatment interventions for cancer-related fatigue include:
- Aerobic exercise (i.e. walking, biking, swimming)
- Postural education (awareness and endurance training)
- Customized strength and mobility exercises
- Deep breathing and relaxation techniques
- Stretching program
- Body mechanics to promote safety and energy conservation
- Sleep hygiene
- Cognitive mapping and memory training
Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a set of symptoms caused by damage to the nerves that are outside the brain and spinal cord. These distant nerves are called peripheral nerves. They carry sensations (a feeling in different parts of your body) to the brain and control the movement of our arms and legs. They also control the bladder and bowel.
If you have peripheral neuropathy, you may notice some of these sensations in your hands or feet:
- Tingling (or a “pins and needles” feeling)
- Burning or warm feeling
- Discomfort or pain
- Less ability to feel hot and cold
- Cramps (in your feet)
Some types of chemotherapy and other drugs used to treat cancer can damage peripheral nerves. When this happens, it is called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). CIPN can cause pain and affect your ability to do things like walk, write, button your shirt, or pick up coins. CIPN can last for weeks, months, or even years after treatment is done.
Lymphedema is swelling due to build-up of lymph fluid in the body. Lymph nodes act like a drain in your sink. If the drain is clogged, the fluid cannot drain. It usually happens in the arms or legs, but can occur in other parts of the body. Lymph fluid is part of the lymph system that carries fluid and cells that help fight infections throughout the body. Sometimes this swelling develops quickly, or it may develop slowly over several months.
Lymphedema can be caused by cancer or by cancer treatment.
- Sometimes a cancerous tumor can get big enough to block the lymph system.
- Surgery to remove cancer may also remove lymph nodes or some of the vessels that carry the lymph fluid. This can cause the fluid to build up in surrounding tissues.
- Radiation treatment can damage the lymph vessels, resulting in too much lymph fluid in the tissues.
The symptoms of lymphedema may include:
- Your arm, leg, or other part of your body has a little swelling at first, but gets bigger over time.
- The skin in that area feels tight, and sometimes has a tingling sensation.
- The arm or leg with lymphedema feels heavy.
- Clothing and jewelry fit more tightly on the affected area.
- The skin looks thicker or leathery.
Physical therapy treatments for lymphedema include:
- Manual lymph drainage
- Compression bandaging
- Skin care
- Compression garment and compression pump prescription
Functional Dry Needling
Functional Dry Needling (FDN) involves inserting a tiny monofilament needle in a muscle or muscles to release shortened band of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. This can help resolve pain and muscle tension, and will promote healing. FDN is a valuable and effective treatment for neuromuscular pain, without the use of pharmaceuticals. Dr. Mary Calys is certified by Kinetacore as a Functional Dry Needling Practitioner (141+ hours of training).
Low Level Laser
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a treatment modality that uses laser light at low levels or near-infrared light. The light is applied to the surface skin of the body with the intentions of decreasing pain or inflammation, promoting healing of wounds, tissues, and nerves, or for preventing tissue damage. This is much different than the high-level lasers used for surgical procedures to cut and destroy unhealthy tissue. The application of low-power lasers relieves pain and stimulates and enhances cell function.
Various LLLT devices have been promoted for use in the treatment of several musculoskeletal conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. They have also been promoted for treatment of lymphedema and radiation fibrosis due to cancer treatments.
For more information about our physical therapy services, contact us.