You have finally made it through surgery and the healing process is well on its way… then one day you notice some itching, then out of nowhere you see that you have some swelling! “Where did that come from?” is what we ask ourselves.
Lymphedema can occur months or even years after surgery. It can seem to appear without direct cause.
Our lymph system is responsible for clearing out wastes, bacteria and other fluids that are travelling through our bodies. When lymph nodes are removed as part of breast cancer surgery, the fluid may have a tendancy to “back up” in the arms or other parts of the body (including along the breast area and rib cage). This excess fluid can cause a tightening of the skin due to swelling, itchiness, pain and limitation of motion.
Current research suggests that breast cancer surgery and radiation can have a direct effect on the tissue through scarring.
Instrument assisted soft tissue therapy, Graston Technique, can be a useful tool in the treatment of lymphedema.
A specific treatment plan will be developed to treat the area affected as well as the supporting surrounding areas.
The RESEARCH is positive. There is no need to live with the discomfort associated with lymphedema. Contact us for more information.