MFR for Mastectomy, Breast Reduction and Augmentation
October 19, 2012
Myofascial release can be helpful post-surgery following mastectomies, breast reduction and augmentation. Once healing has occurred after a mastectomy, myofascial release techniques performed below and above the scar area can be helpful in eliminating the pain; this technique can also soften the scar.
However, scars grow inside the body like a vine, and can reach into the respiratory diaphragm and into the neck. This can cause breathing problems and—due to the strength of the vine—create a pulling sensation, forcing the client forward, which creates a posterior strain in the back and neck, resulting in headaches, neck and back pain.
Breast augmentation scars are usually under the breast, resembling a "C" on its back. It then can come up under the breast midline, and there usually is a scar around the nipple. The nipples have to be repositioned and many sensory nerves are severed. The resulting scar is often not attractive, and can become thick and dark. Myofascial release can be helpful in softening and lightening up these scars. Also the sensory nerves can become hypersensitive and the breasts cannot be touched. Bras and blouses can also be uncomfortable to wear.
Augmentation is performed most of the time for cosmetic reasons or after mastectomies. Too many times the breasts do not look natural; they can become hard and do not feel or look normal. Sometimes the breasts are not level. Unfortunately, many surgeons do not recognize that fascia twists throughout the body, creating torque. When the patient is lying on the surgical table, breasts appear to be level, but since they are not naturally positioned (not standing) and "out of gravity," it is not until the woman stands up that you can see the fascia drag, which creates a high or low breast. After augmentation, breasts can also become hypersensitive or have decreased sensation.
Myofascial release can reposition the breast of the female client and create a more soft, supple and natural appearance.
From a Therapeutic Insight article by John F Barnes PT, LMT, NCTMB in Massage Magazine Oct. 2012
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