I speak from firsthand experience. I was fortunate to have found an outstanding professional who had earned advanced certification in mastectomy and oncology massage. Iam convinced that her services have benefitted me in so many ways that I am impassioned to share this knowledge with others.
This focused mission is fueled by the frustration that mastectomy massage is rarely recommended by surgeons—despite its known and proven benefits. And even if it is, many times it is not covered by insurance, thus it is “out-of-pocket” and out of reach for some. It takes a major financial commitment to make it a priority in your budget.
Those able to afford it—or barely afford it—will improve their quality of life significantly and bring their mastectomy healing to the next level.
Benefits of Mastectomy Massage
Mastectomy massage helpsto overcome many of the challenges that we face during recovery. Post-op difficulties generally begin when “disuse atrophy” occurs from restrictive movement during the first few week after mastectomy. Disuse atrophy causes rigidity and contraction of the muscles that are not being used. This can be followed by“guarding” of the musculature of the entire upper body region, which means it recoils from discomfort by tensing up and becoming tight.
The benefits of mastectomy massage include: