Breast cancer is a horrible, terrible thing where it seems that so many of us know someone these days who is affected by it in one way or another. What causes it is something that the Health Services in many countries around the world are trying to get to grips with. However, there are couple of things that I think can help – and that you can do yourself.
Understanding the Lymphatic Drainage system
First: The lymphatic drainage system is in every one of us. It is a system that prevents bacterial infection spreading from tissue spaces into the blood-stream. It is a fairly static arrangement but it does have a system of valves that help the fluid flow along the tubes. It does help if we are active to help make it work better and more efficiently. The abdominal and inguinal (groin) lymph nodes are activated when we walk, but the others in the principal group are located in the axillary area (under or near to the armpit) and this is where I would like to help.
Women who come to my clinic sometimes suffer with breast-pain. Working on the soft tissue I have specific procedures that can and do help. However I also like the women to help themselves and this is why I provide them with a simple daily routine that activates the lymph nodes in the axillary area. It is safe and simple to do; however if sadly you do have breast cancer, then it is best left alone while undergoing your treatment.
The reason for this is that cancer cells have their own blood supply and obviously massage of any kind during cancer treatment is best avoided as in a way it activates tissue and increases blood-flow to these cells, which is what a physician would want to avoid. Reflexology or Reiki from anything that I read are non-invasive and safe to use during treatment, but of course don’t take my word for this – ask your GP.
Regarding the following information on the breast moves that I teach to women at my clinic, when I teach this procedure, there is no reason to remove any clothing. However, when you are at home in the bath or in the shower, then it is much easier to do without any clothing.
Second: There are a number of university papers written about the fact that the petrochemicals from deodorants are to be found in breast cancer tissues, while there are also other that say that the link may be unrelated to cancer.
My stance on this is – if there is any doubt – why take the risk? I would suggest that you may give consideration to using our Skinlikes 100% natural Deodorant. Cytotoxic testing at Glasgow Caledonian University confirms its safety in use as well as the fact that it contains only food-grade ingredients. After all, your skin is a thousand open mouths waiting to absorb what you put on it, so why take the risk?
Breast Tenderness Procedure
Caution: It is recommended that the breast procedure be not performed on women with breast implants.
It is not necessary to expose the breast. Leaving a bra or T-shirt on will not interfere with the result of the procedure. However for the sake of comfort we have found that it is best to loosen a bra.
NOTE: Under-wired bras are best not worn on a regular basis. Save them for the week-end. The wire on the bar irritates the neurovascular bundle that the wire sits on.
Procedure: It is recommended that the procedure is preformed twice a week and especially before and after menstruation. Sit comfortably in a chair and allow the shoulders to fall slightly forwards, or you can if you wish perform the procedure every time you are in the bath or shower – simply lean a little forward and allow the breast tissue to fall away from you. Place the hands on either side of both breast and very gently push both breasts towards each other. This will identify which breast is more tender, if any. Assuming the right is the tenderer then start on the left (or vice-versa). If none then start on the left.
Position of the hands (treating the left breast):
Move 1: Place the extended index finger of the right hand flat on the skin just superior to the breast tissue and above and in line with the nipple. Press the finger gently onto the skin, to lock it in a way onto the skin. Take the finger and the skin-slack towards the arm as far as it will go. Apply firmer pressure pressing towards the skin and pull the skin-slack and finger back towards the centre-line of the chest (sternum). Then release.
Move 2: Gently lift the breast tissue out of the way and place the same finger on the top of the neurovascular bundle (just on top of a rib located just below the crease under the breast tissue). It should feel a bit tender when you gently rub it. Then take the skin-slack and finger toward the sternum. Apply firmer pressure and take the skin-slack and finger back over the neurovascular bundle. Then release.
Treating the right breast: Repeat the procedure as above, but in reverse.
This procedure will help breastfeeding mothers who have problems with lactation and should help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort that many women may be experiencing and it can be done in your own time at home.
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