Breast cancer – Kinesiology tape

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Kinesiology taping can then often be applied successfully during the treatment process of breast cancer.
1 in 9 women will be affected by breast cancer. Despite the fact that the number of breast cancer patients is increasing every year, the mortality rate is decreasing by 5%. The reason for this is that information about breast cancer has improved and new treatment methods have been introduced.Depending on the type of breast cancer, there are various treatment options such as surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. However please keep in mind that side effects may occur.

Breast cancer complications and treatment options with CureTape®

Complications frequently occur during or after breast cancer treatment. Below are the most common complications of breast cancer treatment. Many breast cancer complications can be treated with CureTape®.

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Seroma formation in surgery

The most common complication after breast surgery is seroma formation. A seroma is a space filled with fluid that forms near the surgical scar. Usually, the body processes the fluid itself, but because the lymph nodes have been removed, this can cause problems.

An oedema physiotherapist or skin therapist can drain the seroma fluid by using drainage handles and applying a lymph tape as shown in photo 1.

Breast cancer

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Breast cancer

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Oedema therapist and MTC teacher Joyce Bosman conducted research on this in 2010 in Australia with Neil Piller and her findings were published in Lymphoedema 5(2):12-21 “Lymph taping and seroma formation post breast cancer”. Read the study here.

Radiotherapy and connective tissue damage

Radiotherapy (radiotherapy) causes blockages in the connective tissue and is known as fibrosis of the tissue, the skin no longer feels supple. In the case of an oedematous arm, it is advisable to treat the scar first by mobilising the scar and the surrounding tissue, draining it and then taping it.

Mobilise the chest side by applying a grid of CureTape® strips (photo 2) and apply narrow CureTape® strips across the flanks at the back (photo 1). This will cause a fascial shift in the tissue, which will improve the drainage of fluids. The scar will also heal more aesthetically and the fibrotic tissue will become noticeably softer. Even shriveled scar tissue (after radiotherapy) improves under the influence of LymfTaping.

LymfTaping is a 24 hour treatment method. By applying the tape to a stretched skin, “convolutions” are created in the neutral position. The skin is lifted and pressure differences occur between the various tapes applied, which stimulates the fascial structures and has a draining and pain-relieving effect.

Oedema arm after axillary gland removal

Following axillary gland removal, lymphoedema may occur in the arm almost immediately or in the long term. Here too, LymfTaping can make a positive contribution to the process of fluid removal.

The CureTape® strips can make a connection to the side of the body where lymph nodes are still present, the oedema fluid is then drained away along these CureTape® strips in that direction (anastomosis).

axillary lymph node dissection

Pain and restricted movement

A common complaint following radiotherapy is that a patient experiences pain and movement limitations in the shoulder and/or arm. Here, too, a therapist can provide relief from symptoms by means of various Kinesiology taping techniques.

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Please note that applications provided on our website are not clinically proven. All mentioned applications are based on extensive evaluation and case studies with licensed physiotherapists and/or other health professionals.

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