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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 620619, 9 pages
Research Article

Effectiveness of Core Stability Exercises and Recovery Myofascial Release Massage on Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial

1Department of Physical Therapy, Health Sciences Faculty, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
2Radiotherapy Breast Oncology Unit, University Hospital Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain
3Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Physical Medicine, King Juan Carlos University, Alcorcón, Spain
4Physical Education Department, Faculty of Sciences, Physical Activity, and Sports, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain

Received 31 May 2011; Accepted 6 June 2011

Academic Editor: Bashar Saad

Copyright © 2012 Irene Cantarero-Villanueva et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The purpose of the present paper was to evaluate the effects of an 8-week multimodal program focused on core stability exercises and recovery massage with DVD support for a 6-month period in physical and psychological outcomes in breast cancer survivors. A randomized controlled clinical trial was performed. Seventy-eight ( ) breast cancer survivors were assigned to experimental (core stability exercises plus massage-myofascial release) and control (usual health care) groups. The intervention period was 8 weeks. Mood state, fatigue, trunk curl endurance, and leg strength were determined at baseline, after the last treatment session, and at 6 months of followup. Immediately after treatment and at 6 months, fatigue, mood state, trunk curl endurance, and leg strength exhibited greater improvement within the experimental group compared to placebo group. This paper showed that a multimodal program focused on core stability exercises and massage reduced fatigue, tension, depression, and improved vigor and muscle strength after intervention and 6 months after discharge.