Joann Santiago-Charles

The philosophy of yoga can make you shift your way of thinking. Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains how yoga can help cancer patients with distressing. After radiation or surgery, a breast cancer patient can do exercises. Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, shows you which ones she recommends for her patients. Do cancer patients need less time of exercise? Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains how much exercise she recommends for her patients. Meditation and mindfulness are very similar. Joann Santiago-Charles, Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains how both practices can help people to be compassionate with themselves, with others and with their relationships. Yoga can decrease blood pressure and heart rate. Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains other benefits and how yoga is about focusing inward and being present. Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains some exercises she recommends to their patients.
She talks about bands and squats. She affirms someone who has osteopenia or osteoporosis should do squat because it’s a great exercise.
The specialist says any exercise program should be individualized. Physical activity is a very important part of cancer treatment. Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains the main approaches they offer in terms of exercise for cancer patients. Cardiovascular exercises, such as walking, running, swimming and biking are helpful for cancer patients. Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains how their program can benefit their treatments. Even though cancer patients can feel tired or depressed, exercising is a good option for them. Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, gives us tips we can follow to motivate a cancer patient to do any physical activity. Besides the emotional and mental components, meditation also can help detoxify, improve circulation and pulmonary function, among others. Joann Santiago-Charles, Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, talks about exercises that help with motion and parts of the body such as the shoulder and spine. Meditation improves health, because it changes people’s reactions to stress. Peter J. Colin, Yoga Instructor with Miami Cancer Institute, explains how the practice of meditation develops quieter and focused people. Joann Santiago-Charles, Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, also explains yoga can help with quality of life. Breathing is very important to connect the brain and body. Joann Santiago-Charles, Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains how this connection causes chemical reactions in the body and it improves blood pressure and heartbeat. Peter J. Calin, Yoga Instructor with Miami Cancer Institute, describes what reactivity is. Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains in Miami Cancer Institute, they have a diverse team of experts.
They offer psychology, psychiatry, social work, nutrition, exercise, massages, and therapy. There is a diverse group that is there to address the patient’s needs, she explains.
The expert affirms they work closely with the team they have there and different ways to help cancer patients. It’s not easy to apply meditation into a daily life, even if people know yoga and meditation can help a lot to improve health. Peter J. Calin, Yoga Instructor with Miami Cancer Institute, explains why it’s so difficult and Joann Santiago-Charles, Exercise Physiologist at the same place, talks about the benefits of meditation. The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Cancer Society set some guidelines for exercise.
Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains they recommend doing 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week or 60 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.
She affirms not everyone should be doing vigorous activity, because it depends on the person’s aerobic capacity. Colon cancer and breast cancer may link higher physical activities to lower risks. Some studies have shown people who have a certain amount of exercise per week have a lower risk of having certain types of cancers.
Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, affirms any physical activity lowers the risk of having 13 different types of cancer.
Exercise has a large systemic anti-inflammatory effect and improves quality of life, she says. Any exercise program should be very individualized to cancer patients, because the treatment is different for everyone says Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute.
The expert explains some people may have surgery; other people may have surgery and chemotherapy or radiation. Every modality of the different treatments affects the body in different ways.
It’s important to know what exactly patients underwent for addressing their specific needs and concerns, the specialist says. Exercise can decrease fatigue, cognitive impairment, depression and generalized weakness, explains Joann Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute.
Exercise improves a person capacity and strength, the expert says. She advises increasing the amount of activity the patient is doing.
She also recommends yoga, because it has different benefits such as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, helps to relax, reduces stress and blood pressure. The specialist affirms there are studies that show exercise can help with neuroplasticity, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Specialists check the progress of the patients and, if necessary, they modify the program of exercises they designed when treatment starts.
JoAnn Santiago-Charles, Oncologic Exercise Physiologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains they help patients to prepare their bodies before surgery and the rehab is faster.
They take into an account the needs of the patients, she affirms.

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