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What is the difference between expanders and breast implants? Sep 09, 2021

There are a few critical differences between expanders and implants, and whether you're a patient or a massage therapist, it's important to know what they are used for and why.

First, let's talk about expanders. 

These are temporary silicone "pouches" that get filled with saline fluid over a...

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How to describe pain after surgery Aug 26, 2021

If you've been trying to describe what pain feels like after breast surgery to your medical professional, and been stumped with what wording to use, this blog post will help you.

As a massage therapist, we learn a lot of words about pain along the way, as it is our job to help lessen it. ...

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Evidence-based study shows massage therapy reduces post-mastectomy pain Jul 28, 2021

Effects of Massage Therapy for Post-Surgical Mastectomy Recovery

 
This evidence-based abstract from the Clinical Journal of Oncological Nursing sites how massage therapy is a viable non-pharmalogical method for pain control after mastectomy surgery.
 
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What do you need at home after a mastectomy? 8 things that will help your home be a healing sanctuary Jun 02, 2021

When you first come home from hospital, you may feel like your arms are pinned down to your sides. One of my patients said she felt like her arms were in a straight jacket.

Imagine what you can do if this is what you're faced with? 

Setting up your home before your go in to surgery, so it's...

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When Resilience Seems Far Away, and Getting Through is What You've Got - Healing My Sisters 4th Annual Summit May 25, 2021

Learn how to overcome trauma by honouring where you are at, which can help you move through really tough times towards healing on the other side

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WSA-TV Interview - Optimizing Your Physical and Business Health May 25, 2021

Learn 2 simple self-care tools you can do anywhere to help reduce stress and mental fog, plus the importance of connecting with your tribe

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How long does it take a mastectomy incision to heal? May 15, 2021

Bearing in mind that people heal at different rates, and overall states of health (aside from the cancer part, of course!) prior to your cancer diagnosis can influence how fast your body heals.

Of course, there are some general guidelines that are quite consistent, and that is what we will focus...

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What is the fastest way to heal from a mastectomy? 8 ways to speed your healing recovery May 14, 2021

You may be wondering just how and what you can do to heal from a mastectomy, in the fastest, safest way.

There are two methods that make the greatest difference:

1. Self-care after a mastectomy

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to participate in your own healing.  You do this...

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How soon can you exercise after a mastectomy? Mar 29, 2021

Healing after a mastectomy is an individual process, how long will you take?

This answer is of course, "it depends".  There are many varieties of breast surgery due to breast cancer (including prophylactic mastectomies for people who've tested positive for the breast cancer gene and want to...

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Talking to your kids about your mastectomy - how much is enough? Mar 03, 2021

It can be really challenging knowing how to broach the subject of talking to your kids about your breast surgery.  How do you know what's too much, and what's not enough?

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