Manual Therapy for Breast Cancer Care
A Personal Note from Kathleen Nazar Corbett, Doctor of Chiropractic
In August 2011 my life changed in a way I will never forget. On a random breast self-exam I found a lump in my right breast. I immediately made an appointment for a mammogram and ultrasound. After many tests and a biopsy it was confirmed that I had breast cancer, stage 2 ductal carcinoma in situ. I was floored. No family history, no known risk factors- just because.
I was scheduled for a radical mastectomy and underwent chemotherapy. I have since had a prophylactic left mastectomy and reconstruction including the insertion of bilateral breast implants.
The process has not been easy. My surgical scars were very limiting to my range of motion and caused much pain. Through much dedication and hard work I have restored (and somewhat improved) my shoulder range of motion on both sides and have begun strengthening my body in a new way.
I wanted to take my knowledge, experience and education to bring a therapy to others who have been through breast cancer as well.
In December 2014, after 9 years of using the Graston Integrated Soft Tissue Methods (Graston) for soft tissue injury, I furthered my qualifications and became certified in Manual Methods for Post-Mastectomy Recovery.
This protocol is designed to find and treat issues arising from surgery (such as restricted range of motion (ROM) & axillary web syndrome (cording)) or from the side effects of radiation, chemotherapy and psychosocial challenges. Also, these therapies have proven especially effective in helping with the effects of lymphedema, which are commonly associated with post-mastectomy procedures.
If you have pain and limitation from breast cancer surgery, please feel free to contact me. Life shouldn’t hurt… see your Chiropractor.
Contact me by phone at (905) 681-3112 or by email.