Functional Movement Screen is Key to Cancer Patient Exercise Safety

functional movement screen
Marian Barnick

Marian Barnick

Marian is a Registered Kinesiologist and Movement Therapist teaching clients how to decrease pain and tightness, improve abilities, and feel better both body and mind. Marian's practice focuses on busy high achievers and breast cancer patients.


Functional Movement Screen

Cancer patients have heard about the research.  They may have been told by their Oncologist or their Surgeon that it’s important for them to exercise.

And it’s true.

Exercise provides many benefits for cancer patients including a decreased risk of  recurrence.


Check out this blog post if you’re interested in more information on the safety of exercise for cancer patients.

Research Shows Exercise is Safe for Most Cancer Patients

Knowing that exercise is safe still doesn’t give you the one piece of information you need to add exercise into your routine.


Not just because of the diagnosis, or the fear, or the fatigue, or the side effects of treatment, you truly don’t know what you should be doing.

Should you just start walking?
What about some strength training?
Perhaps the aches and pains when you try to get out of bed in the morning or off the couch are telling you that you should be stretching?

Foundations First Framework Support Cancer Patients Return to Activities

When in doubt, go to the basics first. That what the Foundations First Framework is all about. Start from the beginning.

What’s the first thing a baby starts to do….all by themselves?

Their head rolls from side to side.

They start to reach with their arms.

Their legs start to lift up in the air and move about.

That’s movement.

That’s range of motion.

And that’s where you start.

Range of Motion is First

I know it’s not always fun.  That maybe you’d rather be in the gym lifting weights or heading out to the golf course, tennis courts, or the track to work on speed, cardio, endurance.

But you really need to hear this message.

ALL of your activities.  All the things you want to get back into your life after cancer diagnosis and treatment require range of motion.

If you don’t have good range of motion in your elbow, how are you going to complete a great bicep curl to work on strength?

The answer is, you can’t.  You’ll just develop a portion of a bicep – the port for which you have range of motion.

And that holds true for all muscles across all joints.

If the movement’s not there, then working on strength is a very poor use of your time.  You won’t see the results and you’re going to get very tired, very fatigued.

And that’s something you’re trying to avoid.


Get a Functional Movement Screen

When you’re ready to exercise and you want to do it right…


You’ve been trying to exercise and not getting those fabulous results you’ve been promised…

You need to know exactly what you should be working on.

A Cancer Movement Therapist can help.

Schedule an appointment, in the clinic or online, and go through an assessment.

You’ll feel so much better knowing exactly what your main areas are that require a little TLC and exactly how to work on them.

Self Assessment for Range of Motion

If you’re not quite ready to make that appointment, then check out some of the foundational range of motion exercises online.

Here’s a place to start with my YouTube Channel, specifically geared for breast cancer patients and working through proper range of motion techniques.

Foundational Range of Motion Exercises

And make sure to sign up for my free trainings or my workshops.  They’ll guide you through proper techniques and Pro Tips I give to my private clients.

You can use this link to get your name on the Waitlist for the next online offering.

Marian’s Next Online Workshop


The goal is to accelerate your recovery and make sure you do it safely so you can reach your Best Potential.


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