After breast cancer surgery, it is expected that you will experience physical discomfort, and in some cases, pain. You will likely feel tightness across the chest, shoulders and possibly upper back and/or neck. A limited range of motion in your arm(s) can also present itself.
If you've undergone a mastectomy, axillary lymph node dissection and/or radiation, you're at greater risk for developing Lymphedema, a condition in which excess fluid builds up in tissues causing swelling of the arm(s).
As a result of chemotherapy and/or other related treatments, some women experience induced menopause. Menopausal symptoms can include fatigue, hot flashes, night sweats, pain during intercourse, weight gain, increased anxiety and irritability and the need to urinate more often.
Whatever your rehabilitation needs may be, our therapists are here to support you. We focus on decreasing pain, alleviating symptoms, helping you to regain a positive body image and inspiring you to achieve your personal goals.
Your treatment plan can include:
- Range of motion exercises
- Postural alignment training
- Strengthening exercises
- Cardiovascular exercises
- John F. Barnes Myofascial and Craniosacral Release Technique: This is an effective, hands-on technique that uses gentle sustained pressure to help release soft tissue (fascia) restrictions, caused by the trauma of surgery. It is proven to alleviate pain, improve flexibility and strength and restore balance to your physical, emotional and mental state. To learn more about this intuitive approach, click here
- Scar mobilization: Also referred to as scar massage, this is the proven method used to modify scar tissue and accelerate the healing process
- Leduc Method of Lymphedema Management: We are formally trained in this evidence-based method. This is a gentle, hands-on treatment combined with multi-layer bandaging, intermittent compression pump, exercise and patient education that helps decrease swelling due to lymph node removal. Click here to learn more
- Medical Therapeutic Yoga: Including prescribed breath work (pranayama), meditation (dhanya) and poses (asana)
From our work together, you can expect:
- Relief from overall pain, discomfort and/or menopausal symptoms
- To return to physical activities
- To feel stronger than ever before
- To tap into your body’s inherent ability to heal
- To have a new understanding and appreciation for your body
- A lifelong relationship with your physical therapist, filled with mutual respect, support and compassion