Pilates can help:
- alleviate pain from breast cancer operative procedures
- restore joint mobility and tissue integrity
- help regain lost strength.
- gateway for a true “Return to Life” for many women
Common Breast Cancer Treatment Injuries
Basically there are two categories of coincident common injuries, those that are due to inflammatory processes such as nerve irritations and frozen shoulder, and those that are due to faulty mechanical patterns such as impingement or rotator cuff strains.
Nerve irritations: The nerves of the neck come out of the spinal cord and run between the first rib and the collarbone and into the armpit before diving into the arm. These nerves of the upper body converge in the collarbone and armpit areas called the brachial plexus. These areas are hit hardest by mastectomy and other operative procedures that replace breast tissue such as implants. Tightening of adherent tissues in these areas combined with the systemic effect of strong drugs required to combat cancer can produce irritations.
Frozen Shoulder: Frozen shoulder happens when the tissues around the armpit are traumatized by lymph node biopsy and/or removal. This painful inflammation causes the shoulder blade to clamp down on the rib wall. Pilates is particularly helpful when the inflammation is calming and judicious stretching can be regained.
Impingement: .Impingement injury can occur after breast cancer surgeries to the shoulder. The scarring from surgeries and the adhesions along the chest wall and armpit tighten the area and cause a trouble with movement pattern. Pilates’ emphasis on precision helps the body to direct movement patterns and to restore movement.
Rotator Cuff Injuries: The function of the rotator cuff muscles and tendons is to hold the arm into the small socket. Trauma to the chest and armpit weakens the involved arm and shoulder and so sets up not only faulty movement patterns but also poses an increased likelihood of injury. Pilates provides the ability for many levels of progression and so a safe mode of exercise to accommodate all levels, from fragility into full strength.
This saturday Allison Zang and Absolute Pilates are hosting a Pink Ribbon Event to learn about and try out some of the exercises involved in Pilates and the Pink Ribbon Protocol. The event will be from 12 to 1 at the studio.