I have been completing courses through the Chikly Health Institute. I am blown away by the knowledge I gained about the lymphatic system and how to manually move lymph throughout the entire body, particularly in breast tissue. I not only learned how to work with this condition, I learned how to potentially prevent disease in breast tissue (and everywhere else in the body, but let’s stick to breasts for now).
Depending on your health care provider, the only measure of detection of cancer offered is a mammogram and you wait until 40 or 50 years old. Getting a mammogram before 40 may not be very clear because younger breast tissue is denser due to hormonal fluctuations.
The only problem is that more and more women are getting breast cancer BEFORE they are 40…sometimes before 30. And the women getting breast cancer don’t necessarily have a family history of it. I could speculate on why this is, but that is not the point of this blog.
What does breast massage do for the body?
Before I talk about how we perform breast tissue massage, let’s talk about what breast massage does for the body and how it can promote healing.
- 72 hours (or less) before a mammogram and/or thermography surgery, breast massage will help clear out excess fluid
- Engorgement – when breasts get overly full with milk and become painful, massage will help reduce pain and increase milk flow to aid in emptying breasts
- Inflammation/infection like mastitis – massage clears the blockages and clears out the infection
- Fibrocystic Breasts – massage alleviates pain associated with fibrocystic tissue and gets rid of the hard, lumpy tissue
- Scarring (acute or chronic) – Whether it’s associated with breast reduction surgery, implant surgery (this surgery forces lymph to go in a different direction because the foreign object actually compresses all of the complex workings of the breast tissue), or lumpectomy/mastectomy. It is critical to have scars worked on through massage. Whether this happens right after surgery (acute), or years later (chronic), scar massage can prevent fascial dysfunction and pain patterns not only locally, but in other areas of the body.
- Menstrual breast pain or Mastodynia – breast massage is great for getting rid of pain and swelling
- Stretch mark reduction
I wanted to share this knowledge with you because we love having the opportunity to help people prevent cancer or prevent the recurrence of cancer.
I know that breast massage is a taboo subject, and it takes a significant amount of trust for people to choose it, especially as prevention.
I often find that people who have already gone through cancer treatments are more open to the work.
Cancer survivors respond well to breast massage because it is so gentle and nurturing.
However, wouldn’t it be great if we could prevent getting to the cancer part by simply having a regular breast massage? It takes no more than 10-15 minutes out of a massage session.
There is also the possibility that this work can stir up past memories. If you have a history of physical or sexual trauma, it may be a good idea to be working with a therapist if you decide on this treatment.
We are trained to deal with emotional releases during treatments, so please do not let trauma discourage you from seeking this help.
We will not perform Lymphatic Breast Care without consent. There is a form.
If you are completely creeped out by having breast work done, why not learn how to do some on your own? Here is a link on how to perform self-breast care called Phluffing the Tatas which is shared by a physical therapist in Massachusetts.
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