Oncology Massage is still a well-kept secret that is not just beneficial during the cancer treatment phase; it can also be utilised for rehabilitation post treatment and during survivorship and palliation.
October has rolled around again and if you weren’t in the know, all the pink will probably give you a hint – it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
One in seven women and one in 600 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. With such a high number of patients it is crucial that quality of life during and post treatment should be considered as part of the long term care plan. Side effects of cancer and its treatments are pretty common and breast cancer patients get some pretty distinct side effects.
With surgery comes scarring and the potential for a scar to form restrictions, tension, be painful or numb. Breast scars can also adhere to the chest wall causing discomfort. Gentle scar massage can be beneficial in scar healing and can be performed years down the track with great benefits. Radiation fibrosis can also create similar issues and appropriate massage can improve range of motion and soften the tissue, reducing discomfort in the region.
Cording (axillary web syndrome) is a band or elastic type feeling associated with lymph node dissection that can restrict range of movement. It can be felt in the axilla (armpit), chest wall, breast or arm. It is a common complaint of many patients treated for breast cancer; oncology massage can be utilised to reduce cording and improve range of motion.
Surgical removal of lymph nodes and radiation to the region can trigger lymphedema in the arm or chest region. Vigorous and deep massage is not recommended and trained oncology massage therapists will take into consideration a client’s risk of lymphedema and tailor a massage to suit their needs. If you do have lymphedema there is no reason you can’t have an appropriate massage. Manual lymphatic drainage will help with fluid movement; however, oncology massage can help with pain and discomfort associated with lymphedema.
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Amy talking about Oncology Massage