Women at best are taught how to do a self breast check but little education is given on how to look after breast tissue. For us as women our breasts are more than just an appendage however we only really consider them when there is a problem.
Breast care improves circulation and drainage in the breasts and that can promote health.
Why Breast Care?
Massage is well documented to reduce pain and swelling, as well as promote circulation and relaxation. The same goes for breast tissue. Conditions such as breast pain, congestion, pre-menstrual swelling, and fibrocystic breasts may all respond to regular massage treatment.
Can breast care treat or cure breast cancer?
Breast care will not cure cancer and it does not diagnose cancer. However, it can be an integral modality for a integrative recovery plan.
Breast cancer survivors can benefit from reduction in pain and swelling, relaxation of scar tissue, and soothing touch to a highly sensitive area. The process of diagnosing and treating breast cancer can be confusing with unexpected physical and emotional challenges. Having an advocate that can teach you about your breast tissue changes and how to monitor them after cancer treatment is empowering.
What can I expect during a session?
Breasts are an integrated part of the chest and shoulder girdle. They can affect posture and can create tension in the neck, shoulders, upper back and chest. Trigger points, muscle tension, joint inflammation and nerve impingement can all refer pain to the breasts. Due to these considerations, treatment will begin with the muscles surrounding the breasts. Lymphatic regions in the neck and underarms are cleared to promote drainage of the breast tissue.
There is treatment at the chest wall via Lymphatic Drainage techniques and abdominal massage is frequently included in the session, as well as deep breathing. Gentle myofascial release techniques may be used to reduce adhesions. Communication will be open throughout the session to assure your comfort and answer any questions you have. Feedback is also elicited so you and your therapist respect the delicacy of the structures in this region.