In order to treat or prevent breast cancer, removal of breast tissue or the entire breast and surrounding muscle may be performed. This may be accompanied by radiation treatment to the area. Both surgery and radiation treatment can create restrictions in the soft tissue and bands of adhesion which limit mobility and cause pain. Gentle manual therapy and home-stretching techniques can be used to release restrictions, decrease pain, restore posture, and improve mobility.
As the body heals after augmentation surgery it is important to assist the body's healing process and prevent restrictive scar tissue formation. Therapy can help the implant to stay mobile in the pocket created by your surgeon, optimizing surgical results. It can also prevent and treat reactive muscle contracture that may lift the implant, or cause neck, back, or shoulder discomfort.