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Creator of the Esmonde Technique
Miranda Esmonde-White creator of the Esmonde Technique, began her career dancing at the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. Following her formation as a ballet dancer, she performed around the world with the National Ballet Company of Canada. Shortly after leaving the National Ballet Company she opened her own dance & fitness center in Montreal, Canada. In her mid thirties Miranda joined the ranks of millions of people who suffer from chronic back pain. Determined to rid herself of the pain she tried everything from physiotherapy, massages, acupuncture and visits to chiropractors. All temporarily relieved the pain but nothing got rid of it permanently. Simultaneously to suffering from back pain she began creating a stretch-based fitness program. Much to her surprise her own program cured her of her own back pain. That program sowed the seeds to what is now known as the Esmonde Technique which includes both Classical Stretch and ESSENTRICS.
Using this technique, Miranda has trained many high-performance athletes, becoming one of the most sought after stretch trainers in Canada. She is well known for her work with Olympic Medalist Diver Alexandre Despatie, World Champion squash player, Jonathon Power, Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist goalie Kim St Pierre Canadian Skating Champions Joannie Rochette, Jessica Dube and Bryce Davidson. In addition to her daily exercise show aired on the PBS Network since 1999, she has written several books on stretching including a University certification course and is the host of a series of Classical Stretch DVDs. She also holds regular workshops for Level 4 sports coaches as well as at universities and colleges and travels internationally giving lectures on Breast Cancer rehabilitation, anti-aging and health.
Oren Cheifetz comments on the following articles from our journal, Current Oncology.
Effect of exercise in reducing breast and chest-wall pain in patients with breast cancer: a pilot study
Exercise in clinical cancer care: a call to action and program development description
Evidence-based medicine was defined by Sackett et al (1996) as “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.”1 In Medline alone there are 15,816 article hits when searching the key words “rehabilitation” and “cancer” (accessed June 14, 2012) with 2,120 publications in the years 2011 and 2012. This is important information as many people diagnosed with cancer are living longer thanks to improvements in cancer medical treatments. The improved survival rates emphasize the need for observed increases in cancer rehabilitation research; however are these findings translated into clinical practice? Do health care providers from all disciplines know the effects of exercise on women with breast cancer? Are patients at cancer clinics regularly counseled on integrating exercise as an important component of their cancer therapy? Are there sufficient cancer rehabilitation programs to meet the needs of cancer survivors?
by Sarah A.O. Isenberg
This month’s topic here at CKN is “transitions.” I have to admit, it’s been tough for me to get down on paper how I feel about life after cancer. It’s multifaceted. It’s complicated. One thing I know for sure is that cancer is a catalyst. For better or worse, no one touched by cancer is left unchanged.
After both my cancer diagnoses, I came out swinging – determined to use my cancer experience to fashion a better life for myself. I had almost ten years between rounds of breast cancer, and by the time the second diagnosis came, I’d fully assimilated the first. I’d transitioned from a hard-nosed go-getter to a soft and gentle stay-at-home mom, admittedly retaining a little bit of an edge (if you saw me working out, or dealing with contractors, you’d understand). I’d changed our eating habits and started cooking almost all our food from scratch using whole-food ingredients and as many local, in-season vegetables as I could; before this was trendy. I committed to exercising every day. I became a prevention fanatic, determined to do all in my power to avoid another cancer.
by Cynthia Barbe , MS, PT, DPT
Historically, patients diagnosed with cancer have been instructed to minimize physical activity, conserve energy, and ask for assistance with activities of daily living due to the fatigue associated with cancer and its treatment side effects. 1,2 This “prescribed” immobility has physiologic consequences including a decrease in cardio-vascular/pulmonary capacity, lean body mass, bone density, muscle strength, ability to fight infections, and memory, and an increase in pain and adipose tissue- leading to a synergistic effect on fatigue.2,3