Monday, September 24, 2012

Minimize Breast Pain with Breast Massage and Lymph Drainage in St Petersburg Fl

Breast Massage for Greater Breast Health and Breast Cancer Prevention by Moving the Lymph

Gentle therapeutic breast massage and lymphatic breast care are ideal for maintaining healthy breasts, reducing pain, swelling and other breast problems.  Research shows that Regular massage can help prevent and detect breast cancer.   According to Susun S. Weed, author of "Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way," breast massage helps to prevent breast cancer by improving the immune system and moving lymph fluids through lymph nodes under the arms. 

Research indicates that our lifestyle choices create and support our breast health as they do overall health and wellness. Food and supplements, exercise, eliminating exposure to toxins, eliminating smoking, wearing well fitted non-underwire bras, reducing stress and balancing hormones are a great start. What isn’t discussed in prevention and general health is breast massage and maintaining healthy breast lymph.
The lymphatic system is part your immune system.

The lymph (blood plasma and white blood cells) circulates through the body tissues transporting debris and toxins from tissue to the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes then enable the body to rid itself of these toxins.

Since breast tissue is well-supplied with lymphatics but lack sources of external compression (such as muscles or strong overlying fascia) to promote the natural lymphatic drainage found in most other body tissues, fluid has a tendency to accumulate in the breast. The light-touch specific approach of Lymph Drainage Therapy provides an ideal solution to fluid stagnation.

Lymph Drainage Therapy is an appropriate and practical gentle, light-touch, non-invasive breast massage technique that can be used by trained therapist for specific conditions and indications relating to breast care.

Lymphatic Breast Massage can help:
Mentrual Cycles:
  • Breast pain (mastodynia, mastalgia or mammalgia)
  • Swollen breasts

Breast Feeding or Pregnancy:
  • Engorgement
  • Sore nipples (transient or chronic)
  • Inflammation or infection: mastedeneitis, mastitis, yeast infection, infected Montgomery gland, etc
  • Milk stasis: plugged duct, filled duct, plugged nipple pore
  • Bruise, wound (nipples aereola, breast), fissures, ulceration, hemorrhages
  • Dermatitis: eczema, psoriasis
  • Stretch marks

Fibrocycstic Breast/ Non-malignant Lump:
  • Many nonmalignant lumps may resolve quickly with Lymph Drainage Therapy

Pre/Post Surgical Lymphatic Drainage
and Cosmetic Applications
  • Breast implant problems, post mastectomy, post lumpectomy, post tram flap, post lat flap, post breast reduction
  • Improvement in local venolymphatic circulation, removal of toxins, tissue reoxygenation, regeneration of skin tissue, skin tonification, and mastoptosis (breast sagging)
  • Scars (acute and chronic)

Other Applications Related to Breast Health:
  • Decrease hot flashes
  • Fibrocystic Breasts
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Early breast cancer detection
  • Self care drainage techniques given by your therapist (self massage, dry body brushing, change in type of bra worn)
  • Thermography has detected metabolic changes within the breast tissue or lymphatic congestion

What to Expect from Breast Massage:

Your Lymphatic Drainage therapist has an accurate knowledge of the specific anatomy, physiology and related hand techniques involved so the practitioner can attune to the precise rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow. Heavy pressure will NOT be applied to breast tissue. Deep pressure may not only hurt (the client) but may destroy the few suspensory ligaments (Cooper’s ligament) and elastic fibers which prevent sagging (mastoptosis).

Whatever lymph territory the therapist is working on, the lymph will be sent to the group of lymph nodes responsible for draining of that area. In the case of the breast, most of the lymphatics (over 90%) drain to the armpit lymph nodes. Lymphatics will usually always be softly stimulated in the neck, armpits (axillas), abdomen, breast mammary tissue, retromammary space (behind the breast), groin, and ribcage when receiving a breast massage session.

Our therapists respect and honor your trust at all times. Proper draping is always provided for our client’s comfort and security during breast massage. In fact, we use a specialized modality of lymphatic drainage massage that does not require physical touch.  Instead we use a tool that helps to massage and move lymph fluid in both the superficial and deeper lymphatic system.  This allows us to offer a pain free, pressure free, hands free breast massage.  Unless there are scars on the breast that require work, with a clients permission, we may work more directly on the breast.

Clients are required to sign a release form given our therapists permission to conduct breast work.

Clients may always stop a massage for any reason at any time during the treatment process and this request will be honored with no questions asked.

Think you may be experiencing something that requires lymph breast massage intervention?  Please call our office for more information or to set up your initial breast health assessment. 
7005 4th St N  Suite 3
St Petersburg Fl 33702


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