Physical activity + cancer prevention, physical therapy can help
Three individuals at Cancer Prevention Talk

Physical Activity Could Prevent or Control Cancer :: An interview on eightWest

The American Cancer Society is conducting research to explain how physical activity can help to prevent or control cancer. Many people don’t get enough physical activity – either because they’re in pain or not sure where to start – but physical therapy can help with that. Ivy Rehab Regional Director Gina Otterbein, and John Otterbein, stopped by the eightWest studios to give Rachael Ruiz and WOOD TV viewers some insight into the research and what the findings could mean for you.

Cancer Prevention Study-3

Many long-time patients in the Grand Rapids area know John as Gina’s husband, and he’s participating in an American Cancer Society study called Cancer Prevention Study-3, or CPS-3. After a select few members of his family passed away from cancer, John agreed to be part of the study – anything he could do to potentially reduce his chances of getting the disease himself would be worth it.

Over the last few years, John has increased his level of physical activity and attributes group classes, such as Ivy’s local RunFit Couch to 5k program, a big part of his success because the group atmosphere keeps him accountable. Plus it’s more fun to work out with a group.

Another element to John’s success has been physical therapy. After experiencing back pain and plantar fasciitis, John used physical therapy to treat both conditions. Even though those injuries took place a few years ago, John still utilizes the stretches and techniques he learned in physical therapy today.

Not Sure Where to Start? 

If you’re not sure where to begin with a fitness program, or you avoid exercise because you’re in pain, physical therapy can help. We offer free screenings, where you can talk one-on-one with a physical therapist who will help determine the cause of your pain and the next best steps. Give your local clinic a call to set up a consult – you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.


Please note, beneficiaries of federal health care programs are not eligible to participate in free consultations.

Physical Activity Can Potentially Prevent or Control Cancer

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