IMTRC: Breast Cancer and Massage Therapy

IMTRC: Breast Cancer and Massage Therapy

Author(s): Jeanne Massingill

1CE credit 3 Lessons Video

Chronic localized pain and decreased upper extremity mobility commonly occur following breast cancer surgery and may persist despite use of pain medication and physical therapy. Learn how myofascial massage is a promising treatment to address chronic pain and mobility limitations following breast cancer surgery.

The Massage Therapy Foundation’s International Massage Therapy Research Conferences are designed to bring together an engaged community of thought leaders, educators, therapists, and allied health practitioners to discuss massage therapy research.  This session was originally presented in 2019.  For more information, please visit the Massage Therapy Foundation.

When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe recent research about the benefits of massage therapy for women who have had mastectomies.
  • Discuss how massage therapy can help women address some of the issues that occur after breast surgery.
  • Explain the massage techniques that were developed to help women who have had breast surgery.
  • Identify some the issues that women who have undergone breast surgery commonly face.

  1. IMTRC: Breast Cancer - Video 1
  2. IMTRC: Breast Cancer - Video 2
  3. IMTRC: Breast Cancer - Video 3

Jeanne Massingill, LMT has been a massage therapist for 41 years and is the owner of the Oaks Massotherapy & Botanical Spa. Her research interests include measuring the impact of massage techniques she has developed for woman who have been affected by breast cancer.