Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
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 baseline 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 safely and independently do 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 and decrease your swelling. We will teach you the right exercises to minimize side effects. Correcting your posture can prevent muscle shortening and compensation around surgical sites.
Are you unsure if you need physical therapy?
Do you feel overwhelmed with the number of oncology appointments you already have?
Whether you have finished your treatments or are currently receiving them, we want you to resume activities you once enjoyed. You may benefit from breast cancer rehabilitation and your treatment will be focused on improving your symptoms listed above. These treatments are covered by most insurance companies and we're happy to verify the benefits of your particular plan.