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Benefits of Mastectomy Massage
Mastectomy, which is the surgical removal of one or both breasts, is a common procedure for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer or at high risk of developing breast cancer. While mastectomy can be life-saving, it can also result in physical and emotional challenges for those who undergo the procedure. Remedial massage can be a beneficial complementary therapy to help manage the physical and emotional effects of mastectomy.
One of the main physical challenges after mastectomy is pain and discomfort in the chest, shoulder, and arm areas.
This can be due to surgical incisions, removal of lymph nodes, scar tissue formation, and changes in posture and muscle function. Remedial massage techniques such as gentle lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy can help to reduce pain, relieve muscle tension, and improve circulation in the affected areas. This can promote healing, reduce swelling, and restore mobility and function, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals undergoing breast reconstruction or other post-mastectomy procedures.
In addition to physical benefits, remedial massage can also address the emotional and psychological aspects of mastectomy. Losing one or both breasts can result in body image concerns, self-esteem issues, and emotional distress. Remedial massage, with its nurturing and comforting touch, can provide a safe space for individuals to connect with their bodies, express emotions, and promote relaxation and stress reduction. This can help to alleviate anxiety, depression, and emotional distress associated with mastectomy, and improve overall emotional well-being.
Furthermore, remedial massage can also support scar tissue healing and management after mastectomy. Surgical incisions and scar tissue can result in tightness, stiffness, and discomfort in the chest, shoulder, and arm areas. Remedial massage techniques such as myofascial release and scar tissue mobilization can help to soften and realign scar tissue, improve circulation, and restore mobility and function in the affected areas. This can also help to prevent complications such as adhesions and improve the overall appearance and comfort of the surgical scars.
It's important to note that not all individuals may be suitable for remedial massage after mastectomy, and it's crucial to consult with a qualified remedial massage therapist who has experience in working with individuals who have undergone mastectomy. The therapist should be aware of any restrictions or precautions related to the individual's specific surgical and treatment plan, and work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals involved in the individual's care.
In conclusion, remedial massage can be a valuable complementary therapy for individuals who have undergone mastectomy. By addressing the physical and emotional challenges associated with mastectomy, remedial massage can help to reduce pain, promote healing, manage scar tissue, and provide emotional support. It's essential to seek professional guidance and incorporate remedial massage into an individualized treatment plan to ensure its safety and effectiveness for each individual's unique needs.
Limited range of motion in the shoulder, chest, and arms.
Muscle tightness, especially in the pectoral muscles and sternal attachments, is often caused by the contortion of these muscles during the expander process.
Shoulder pain from tightness and contraction after disuse during recovery and displacement of surrounding muscles from the expander process contorting the pectorals.
Scar tissue and adhesions form's lumps, which can cause pain, puckering and odd shapes beneath the skin.
There is often a neurological nerve component to releasing scar tissue. It is common to get a buzzing or prickly sensation as blockages are released and circulation returns to the tissue.