What do Breast Cancer, Mastectomy, Reconstruction, Shoulder Pain and Tightness have in common?

Do you have chest pain or tightness?  Have you had breast cancer?  Have you undergone a mastectomy, partial mastectomy, breast reconstruction (TRAM Flap), augmentation or had your lymph nodes removed?  Do you feel like there is an “ace bandage” wrapped around you?  Do you have cording or tightness in your armpit?  Do you also have neck, shoulder or back pain? Have you had any major surgery or trauma to your abdomen or chest wall?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, physical therapy and myofascial release can help you move better, feel less pain and return to the activities you enjoy most.

There is a significant relationship between men and women with breast cancer and shoulder pain, frozen shoulder androtator cuff injuries injuries. The most current research articles at Pubmed.com show in detail and in numbers the relationship between breast cancer and shoulder pathology; “Shoulder impairments and their association with symptomatic rotator cuff disease in breast cancer survivors” and “Upper-extremity pain disorders in breast cancer.

lebauer-22The muscles of the shoulder attach to your chest and are significantly impacted and can be restricted from the surgery and resultant scar tissue.   Fascial adhesions form from any surgery and are part of the healing process.  If you have had a reconstruction surgery where they take part of your stomach to form a new breast, this can also contribute to low back and hip problems as well as upper back and shoulder issues.

Occasionally this repair process causes more tightness than necessary and significant restriction.  Trauma,  repetitive motion, and even radiation treatments also cause restrictions in the fascia. These restrictions can cause pain and decreased motion elsewhere in your body and treatment with gentle and sustained myofascial release can help you feel much better.

You do not have to live with pain or constant tightness.  Call our office today 336-271-6677 to speak with a physical therapist to discuss your options and to determine if myofascial release and physical therapy is right for you.

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