We posted up on social media mid-end July about the Breast Cancer Rehab and Wellness Summit that was going live for free viewing. Not sure how many estheticians were able to view the videos. Some of the video’s that I viewed were extremely informative to what we do and this is another learning platform where estheticians wanting to work with clients with cancer can benefit.
Two of the topics that jumped out at me was AWS or more commonly referred to as ‘cording’ from breast cancer surgery. This is a common condition resulting from breast cancer surgeries. 72% of women undergoing axillary node dissection and 20% of women undergoing sentinel node dissection from a lumpectomy or mastectomy can get this condition. Cording is typically located within the medial upper arm along an angled path from the underarm towards the elbow.
Because of where it is located it can significantly limit range of motion in shoulder area due to pain and tissue adherence. These limitations can cause significant impairments with overhead and forward reaching during activities of daily living while in the acute and sub-acute stages. Are we aware of this condition when offering spa services? Are we able to make a difference to this condition? Therapists trained to work with cording can use gentle stretching of the cording during or after soft tissue mobilization that bends the axillary/ upper arm cords into a “C” or “S”. Petrissage stroke is helpful to improve painful tissue adherence.
Take a look at the 7 day preview for the Summit on this link – (when you get to the home page click on “Previews”).