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Breast cancer care & physiotherapy

When can physiotherapy help you during your breast cancer journey?

  • During chemotherapy physio can help to ease the tension and discomfort sometimes caused to your forearm veins to prevent your arm tightening up and allowing you to use it functionally
  • During radiotherapy physio exercises are invaluable to prevent your shoulder getting stiff and uncomfortable
  • Post operatively physio can help to guide your exercises to get you back to full shoulder range of movement, function and return to exercise
  • It can also be invaluable in giving you an improved scar and reducing any swelling or discomfort and allowing more comfortable breast movement following a reconstruction
  • Preventing risk of lymhodema physio can manage your risks and point you in the right direction to assist with reducing mild lymphedema with lymphatic drainage techniques
  • Post mastectomy pain syndrome
  • Axillary web syndrome

Safe exercise during breast cancer

"Evidence from a growing number of robust studies points incontrovertibly towards the benefits of regular, moderate activity not just in preventing cancer, but for rehabilitation for survivors and protection against recurrence” - (McIntyre P, 2008).

Alongside your treatment your physiotherapist may refer you to our Leicester Fitness & Wellbeing Gym for a free 30 day trial to allow you to exercise in a safe and supported environment.

To discuss physiotherapy for breast cancer further please contact one of the team on: 0116 274 3730.

APPI pilates

Our pilates classes at Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital are run regularly depending on demand. The classes run for a 4 week period which gradually progresses you from a pilates novice to being able to attend community classes safely to continue your management of your pain.

Our instructors are all physiotherapists that have been trained by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) which is firmly established as a leading trainer for chartered physiotherapists in the delivery of safe and effective pilates.

The APPI only train physiotherapists or equivalent degree specialists so you can be assured that your instructor has the highest level of training and is able to provide safe and effective programmes to suit your individual needs.

APPI modified pilates has been devised by physiotherapists based on research, creating a progressive approach to core stability training. Physiotherapy research has shown that anyone who has experienced at least one episode of low back pain in the past will have weaker spinal muscles. Without specific rehabilitation, these deep postural muscles remain weak and therefore predispose individuals to pain and dysfunction of the spine.

Frequently asked questions

  • How many people will be in each class? Maximum of 5 per class with 1 instructor
  • Are the classes mixed? We generally have male and females in the same class however if you have any specific preferences please let us know in advance and we will try to accommodate your needs
  • What should I wear? Comfortable loose fitting clothing
  • Will I need to bring a mat/towel? No, everything is provided for you on site
  • I have had a hip replacement, can I still attend a class? The sessions are floor/mat based therefore you will need to be able to get on and off the floor independently. Your instructor will be able to tailor your sessions to avoid any potential detriment to your hip replacement
  • I have had spinal surgery, is pilates helpful for me? Absolutely! We often offer our pilates classes to our clients following spinal surgery
  • How much do sessions cost? Our pilates classes cost £40 for the full 4 week course.

Ante / post natal physiotherapy with Minal Gadhia

Our ante /post natal physiotherapy sessions are different because they are only delivered by fully qualified chartered physiotherapists so expert guidance and instruction is guaranteed throughout, helping remove the fear women have about exercising during pregnancy and after they have had their baby.

We believe we provide a unique educational exercise programme bringing both new mums and mums-to-be together to share their pregnancy experience.

The antenatal programme

A 4-week educational exercise programme designed specifically for pregnancy and the challenges it brings. The programme focuses on understanding the changes your body goes through. Each session lasts about 1-hour and covers a short topic of discussion followed by gym ball and mat based exercises. The topics covered include:

  • The importance of posture
  • Safe and effective exercises in pregnancy
  • Abdominal and pelvic floor muscle exercises
  • Learn how to physically prepare yourself for labour
  • Learn the invaluable skill of relaxation during labour

The exercises are designed specifically to

  • Support your changing body, with special focus on your spine, abdomen and pelvic floor. Aiming to make you feel better
  • Reduce back and pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Aid quicker recovery after the birth of your baby

The ideal time to commence these programmes is from around 12- weeks of your pregnancy. This will allow you to gain the most benefits. However you can also start this programme in your third trimester.


“Really informative and useful. I would definitely recommend to other mums! Looking forward to the post natal classes” - Jane Austick

“Excellent course, would recommend to anybody. The physio was helpful and had good knowledge of my needs” - Faye Hindley

“I enjoyed attending the sessions and meeting another pregnant woman. As the group was small it provided opportunities for us both to speak about our pregnancies and receive advice from the physio. Thank you." - Anita Chauhan

Postnatal Programme

The postnatal programme is a 4-week exercise and educational programme aimed at providing you with the following information

  • How to regain a flat tummy and fitness after pregnancy or birth
  • The importance of posture
  • Developing your pelvic floor muscles to reduce the incidence of stress incontinence

You can start the class once you have had your 6-week doctor’s check. Each session lasts an hour and is made up of an educational component and gym ball and mat based exercises. The whole programme has been designed to give you the tools and confidence to keep exercise as a way of life!


“Thoroughly enjoyed the programme. I felt very confident and educationally equipped moving forwards with exercise post-nataly now. Thank you!” - Sharon Sian 2016

“I am extremely pleased with the results of the programme. Noticed a difference overall very quickly!” Asiyah Makda 2016

If you are interested in attending one of our ante natal or post natal fit back and bumps classes or would like further information please call us and speak to Minal Gadhia or Amy Benning.

*Special Offer: £50 for 4 sessions with our qualified physiotherapist when you quote NUFFBUMP*

Women’s health physiotherapy

International guidelines highly recommend treatment for urinary incontinence by a health professional such as a continence physiotherapist in the management of pelvic floor disorders. Women may experience difficulties with continence for a variety of reasons including child birth, gynaecological surgery or age related issues.

Our experienced physiotherapist will undertake a full examination and help to develop an individualised programme to address concerns over bladder function and pelvic floor muscles. The focus of pelvic floor muscle training is to build strength, endurance and improve co-ordination of the pelvic floor muscles in different situations.

We accept most major insurers and self paying individuals as well as referrals from consultants. We have a close working relationship with our consultants at Nuffield Hospital.