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Breast Cancer Patients Invited to Join Pink Towel Program

Jan 09, 2017 • by Every-Body Pilates Studio
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International Study to be Conducted at Every-Body Pilates Studio West Reading, Pa.,— The Fletcher Pilates program of study uses as one of its tools a four-foot, braided cord of terry cloth that works to open anterior chest and shoulder muscles and correct forward head posture.The “Fletcher Towel” is now being used in a study to help breast cancer patients. The program is known as the “Pink Towel Program”.Adriano Bitter, PT/MCSP, PhD., who administers the study for the State University of Goias (Brazil), has asked Lisa Priebe, owner Every-Body Pilates to conduct the Pink Towel Program in her West Reading Studio. The program is open to current, female breast cancer patients who are between the ages of 21 and 65 who have no reoccurrence or progression. Subjects may have undergone surgery and/or radiation therapy.Every-Body Pilates is one of five, Fletcher Towel instruction centers, worldwide, participating in the study known as the “Pink Towel Program’.Those interested in participating are invited to call Priebe at 610-509-5141 or email at [email protected]. Selection criteria and information will be provided.The Fletcher Towel, which is said to resemble a rolled towel, provides the correct length, grip and elasticity to create shoulder girdle stabilization with arm movement. It may be worked in a seated, standing, or supine position.The movement is thought to help patients by diminishing pain, increasing range of motion and improving mood and body image.Those who participate will be asked to work with the towel under Priebe’s supervision  and that of Kathryn Marr, DPT, twice-weekly for 30 minute sessions. The results of the study will be used to see what, if any, impact it has on breast cancer treatment and patient recovery.The West Reading program is expected to commence in mid-to-late January.

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