BREAST CANCER Rehabilitation
We can gently help you with the painful symptoms of both breast cancer and the treatments to conquer it. We want to help you return to the activities you enjoy and minimize your discomfort and limitations.
According to the American Cancer Society in 2019, Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 13%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer. This also means there is a 7 in 8 chance she will never have the disease. With early detection and medical advancements, we see more survivors than ever. But with these life saving treatments we unfortunately see increased pain, limited mobility, weakness and fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, swelling, and loss of function. We can help at body align physical therapy.
Ideally we will see you before you begin your treatments. We call this Prehab. We can get basement measurements of your shoulder and spine mobility, measure your arm strength, evaluate your lymphedema (swelling), assess your posture, and design an individualized plan for you to optimize your function throughout your treatments and/or surgeries. Throughout your treatments, we can communicate with your oncology team and provide the following: postural correction, pain and/or swelling reduction, gentle stretching and massage, stabilization exercises, nerve gliding, balance training, and an exercise program for you to do safely and independently in the comfort of your home.
After surgery or treatments (radiation and chemotherapy) the goal of physical therapy is to minimize the painful side effects and maximize your function. We can do this with gentle manual therapy to your scars, muscles, fascia, and joints. This can improve your mobility, decrease your swelling, and improve your posture. We will teach you the right exercises to minimize side effects.