Breast Cancer Rehab Coach

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Hello and Welcome to the Breast Cancer Rehab Coach course!

I'm so pleased you'll be joining me on this journey - I can't wait to meet you and get started

This is the course I wish I had when I started working with breast cancer survivors...

If you want to confidently and safely apply your existing skills, learn new strategies and comfortably communicate in the language of oncology, you're in the right place!

My goal in life is to help women live well...and I love to do that by empowering other women's health pro's

If you want to:

  • Be able to understand the language of cancer, from DCIS to TNM to MSCC...
  • Learn how treatment strategies for breast cancer - surgery, chemo, radiation, hormonal therapies - affect women and how you can help them manage and move beyond these side effects...
  • Know how to progress your exercise recommendations, use your manual therapy skills safely and effectively to improve scars at both the breast but also donor sites after reconstruction, decrease pain and improve function
  • Understand the side effects of Chemotherapy (peripheral neuropathies, digestive function, cardiotoxicity, bone health, cognitive dysfunction, cancer related fatigue...) Radiation (progressive fibrosis, fatigue, shoulder issues...) or Hormonal therapies (Tamoxifen, Aromatase Inhibitors, muscle/joint issues, menopausal symptoms, sleep disruptions)
  • Understand how the lymphatic system works, how it is affected by breast cancer surgery and radiation, strategies to optimise it, lymphedema risk reduction strategies and red flag signs that the LS is becoming stressed
  • Become aware of how pelvic health is affected by breast cancer treatment - both from surgery and from chemo/hormonal therapies, including bladder issues, bowel dysfunctions and sexual health
  • Be confident in recommending different exercise strategies and different progressions at different stages of treatment and recovery
  • Recognise red flags and when to refer on
  • Learn from expert colleagues working in this field, who'll be sharing their knowledge in a series of video interviews
  • Be supported in our private Facebook group, for problem solving and additional resources


My name is Michelle Lyons, and I'm passionate about women's health! My mission is to help women live well and I do that by empowering women's health pro's around the world

My toolbox encompasses my 25 years as a physiotherapist as well as training and experience in yoga, pilates, mindfulness and women's wellness. I've spent most of the last decade teaching women's health pro's nationally, internationally and online, from post graduate conferences on the world stage, to local women's groups. I love to talk about women's health!

For more information on my journey and adventures,

You can visit my website and blog at

So...what's in this course?

Each Module is a combination of voiceover powerpoint videos with downloadable pdf, videos with exercise or manual therapy demonstration, and guest expert interviews, with evidence based and immediately applicable information.

(and don't forget, there's a closed FB group, called Michelle Lyons MuliebrityEducation, for all the resources I couldn't fit in!)

Module 1:

Understanding the language of cancer, from DCIS to TNM to MSCC

Prehab your body

Prehab your shoulders

Prehab your house

Interview with Grainne Donnelly on the role of exercise in cancer treatment

Module 2:

Chemotherapy: Neoadjuvant and Adjuvant treatment

Side effects of Chemotherapy: management of Chemo Induced Peripheral Neuropathy, Cancer Related Fatigue, Cognitive Dysfunction

Chemo and Bone Health - what does the evidence tell us about exercise for chemo induced bone changes

Interview with Dr Beverly Zavaleta, author of 'Braving Chemo'

Module 3:

Surgical management: Mastectomy and Breast Conserving Surgery/ Wide Local Excision

Post-op recovery strategies: how to progress exercise prescription

Scar Management videos

Interview with Amelia Didsbury on scar management after breast cancer surgery

Module 4:

Breast Reconstruction

Autologous Tissue Reconstruction - learn the different rehab implications for surgeries like DIEP, TRAM, TUG, LD flaps and SGAP/IGAP

Scar and rehab implications for both the breast site and the donor sites

Breast Implant Reconstruction - how can we help prevent issues with our manual therapy and exercise prescription skills?

Capsulectomy and BIA LCL - what do women need to know about implant safety?

Video: Mobility Strategies after Surgery

Module 5:

The Lymphatic System - how does it work, how is it affected by breast cancer treatments. how can we optimise it, how can we recognise it is stressed - what are the red flags? Can we use our regular manual therapy skills with women who have a compromised LS?

Managing cording and Axillary Web Syndrome

Manual Lymphatic Drainage - what can we do?

Exercise and Lymphedema - what's safe? What's necessary?

Video: Integrating manual therapy and exercise prescription

Interview with Dr Nicole Stout on exercise and lymphedema

Module 6:

Hormonal Therapies - understanding how Tamoxifen and Aromatase Inhibitors work...and their side effects

Musculo-skeletal Issues - how are they affected by Hormonal Therapies (and what can we do?) (answer - lots!)

Sleep Strategies and Dealing with Menopausal symptoms

Restorative Yoga Strategies

Module 7:

Radiation - how it works in breast cancer treatment and what we need to know about its side effects

Bone and Joint Health after radiation - mobility and strengthening strategies

Assessing mobility capabilities

Progressive Pilates for functional gains

Interview with Louise Brennan on innovation in breast cancer rehab

Module 8:

Pelvic Health After Breast Cancer Treatment

How are bladder health and bowel function affected by various breast cancer treatments?

Breast Cancer and Sex - what do women need to know?

Essential Food Strategies guide

Interview with Alyssa Tait on nutritional strategies for energy management, mucosal healing and good gut health during and after breast cancer treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. A new module is released to you every week (so you don't get overwhelmed - there's a lot!) There's also a facebook support group, Michelle Lyons MuliebrityEducation, for additional resources, videos and problem solving
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Unfortunately, because of the vast amount of information in this course, we don't offer refunds. But - we would never want you to be unhappy! If you're having issues with the course material, please contact me and I'll do my best to make it right.
Who is this course for?
This course is for women's health professionals, from the worlds of physio, chiropractic, massage and yoga, pilates or fitness - essentially if you are serving women with manual therapy or exercise prescription as part of your remit, and you'd like to help women during and after the diagnosis of breast cancer, this course is for you!
How is the course delivered?
Once you've enrolled, modules are released to you on a weekly basis to help you process the information and avoid overwhelm! Each module contains a mix of voice over powerpoint lectures, demonstration videos, downloadable pdf documents and video interviews with breast cancer experts. There will also be further resources and learning available in the private facebook group to help support you during and after the course.

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