Lymph Drainage Massage for Breast Cancer Survivors

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Lymph Drainage Massage for Breast Cancer Survivors

Over 10% of women end up developing invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives. This statistic makes breast cancer one of the most common forms of cancer. Treatment, self-care, and aftercare are essential. A Lymph drainage massage for breast cancer survivors is recommended once in remission.

Treatment

Breast cancer treatment is a long and arduous process for most patients. Treatment can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and other types of alternative therapies. Cancer treatments are not considered to be easy on the body. Treatment for invasive breast cancer takes a toll on one’s body and spirit. Your whole life is put on hold to stay alive.
Side effects of treatment can include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Numbness
  • Lymphedema
  • Bone Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Heart Problems

Post-Treatment

Women that go through the mastectomy process can also end up losing or have damaged lymph nodes. The lymph system is similar to your blood circulation system. Your lymph system transports immune cells, hormones, and waste products from your organs. A large muscle like your heart does not power this system. You actually have to move your body around to get it primed. Women that have mastectomies can end up with blockages in their lymph drainage system.
Blockages in your lymph drainage system can cause edema (fluid buildup, usually in the extremities) and pain in blocked areas. Lymph drainage is especially crucial after going through something like chemotherapy, where chemicals are pumped into your body on a regular basis. One of the primary ways the body removes those toxins is through the lymph drainage system. This is why lymph drainage massage for breast cancer survivors is recommended after treatment.

Lymph Drainage Massage for Breast Cancer Survivors

The act of massaging the lymph nodes around the breast and other parts of the body gets the lymph system pumping. Lymph massages can also help to break down blockages that may have become crystallized in different lymph nodes so that they may pass. Lymph massages allow the toxins to flow freely through the system so that they may be expelled.

In the case where blocked lymph nodes have caused edema massage can be helpful as well. For this condition, repeated sessions will be needed to be sure the blockage removed, and fluid is circulating again.

Overall lymph drainage massage for breast cancer survivors is an excellent post-treatment method to keep your body on the right track while in remission. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at East West healing Solutions, give us a call at (727)216-3972, we would love to help you.

By | 2018-10-16T15:26:11+00:00 October 16th, 2018|Lymphatic Drainage, Massage|0 Comments

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