The role of physical therapy in breast cancer

Written by: Curro Millán
Edited by: Top Doctors®

1 in 9 women get breast cancer throughout her life. Although prevention, research and treatments have come a long way, physiological and psychological care after the surgery still not taken much account. However, it is an essential link in the life of the patient, regain a normal life is possible through the fisiomedicina


“The surgery intern had told me never could carry more weight if he could barely lift his arm and was afraid things harder. Working with HUBER and my physiotherapist has made me regain my confidence and showed me where I force without me dano:¡I could go back to playing tennis two months after my operation completely forgetting my arm” ! Florence, operated in 2012


The physiotherapist is omnipresent to help all women who have undergone a mastectomy, a lumpectomy, a oncoplastia, an axillary surgery or reconstruction during the various events that occur in the disease:

Step 1

To help the healing and increase the flexibility of the fabric optimizing collagen production“good”. The physio can start working on the scar but still this inflamed. For improved and immediate functional recovery, can mobilize the tissue in order to favor sliding spaces between the skin, fascia and deeper tissue plane.

Step 2

-During chemotherapy:With Cellu M6 ( scar) and Huber Motion Lab ( upper limb and adjacent pains in the legs or back)


-During radiotherapy:Huber Motion Lab ( increased amplitude, flexibilization of posture and muscular work, especially the pectoralis major )

Step 3

Physical therapists can treat a scar indefinitely. The tissue is still alive, just needs to regain the vitality by mechano stimulation, allowing reorganize tissue favoring frame“good” collagen and permits to recover the trophic qualities and normal tissue. To facilitate the reconstruction and postoperative follow after the reconstruction, repair tissues physiotherapists. Lymphedema is also treated by physiotherapy with various advanced techniques that you minimize the inflammation.


Treatments provided by the fisiomedicina patients

1. Shoulder pain: Release fascia of the hemithorax operated release of scar adhesions


2. Limited range of motion:Recovery of 90 % of the upper limbs


3. Sense of“& rdquo hard breast;:Flexibility and mobilization


4. Painful scar or some aesthetic:Release of adhesions attached to the muscle sheath. Reorganization of tissue plot, increased collagen good for scar“beautiful” or“cosmetic” and better vascularization.

5. Lymphedema: Reduction of inflammation and increased range of motion


“At first, the main task of the oncological surgeons was the local disease control and monitoring. After fifteen years, we also care about rehabilitation after these surgical treatments, sometimes aggressive. We must reintegrate patients in their normal life, whether social, professional or sporting. Along with the knowledge of the physiotherapist, these new technologies allow for better reinsertion as to bodily integrity and improvement of scars”

Pr Pierre LEGUEVAQUE, professor and chief of gynecological oncological surgery and University Hospital of Toulouse

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Curro Millán
Physical therapy

Curro Millan is a professional reputed Physiotherapy, graduated from the European University of Madrid. He is an expert in advanced physiotherapy applied to women, breast cancer and aesthetic physiotherapy physiotherapy, among others. Currently he is the Director General of the Institute Fisiomédico Madrid, Vice President of the Spanish Association for Cancer Therapy, and co-director of the Master of Physical Therapy Oncology at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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