What is a Mastectomy?
A mastectomy is a surgical procedure that may be offered to a patient diagnosed with breast cancer. The procedure involves removal of the breast and underlying lining of the chest muscle. This procedure is also used as a preventative measure for those individuals carrying an inherent gene mutation that places them at higher risk of breast cancer.
Lingering impairments in movement from breast cancer treatment are common, but often go untreated. Scar tissue that may result from surgery and radiation can cause pain and restrict movement. Astym treatment can help resolve these problems, moving you toward a normal, pain-free life.
Astym treatment is provided by Astym-Certified Physical or Occupational Therapists, helps restores your movement, reduce your pain, and may reduce your risk for lymphedema.
Astym therapy addresses these conditions:
- Scar tissue/fibrosis around the incision site and radiated tissues
- Restricted movement and pain resulting from surgery and radiation
- Tightness of the chest wall, shoulder, neck and armpit areas
- Hypersensitivity of soft tissues commonly experienced by breast cancer survivors
- Muscle imbalances and general deconditioning
Claire Davies, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, a renowned Physical Therapist who specializes in women’s health, has led research on Astym therapy in breast cancer survivors, and has published research findings showing the success of Astym therapy in post-mastectomy patients. Content sourced from Astym.
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