Emotional Support

Yoga for women after a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment

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A cancer diagnosis of any sort represents an unparalleled mental, physical, and emotional burden for all patients and their families. At least one-third of women who have had surgery for breast cancer experience significant distress, despite having a potentially positive prognosis. Surgical scars, drains, reconstruction of a very intimate part of their physical identity are but a few reasons that some patients become depressed and anxious. Despite advances in surgery, chemo, and radiation therapy to treat breast cancer, there is increasing awareness of the need for the whole patient to be considered. The use of complementary therapies and alternative medicine […]

Emotional Support

Acupuncture and Emotional Healing During and after Breast Cancer:

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For the medical oncologist, the main focus is on treating the cancer aggressively, to eliminate the threat to the patient and prevent a recurrence. They know that the patient (and family) is under tremendous emotional stress, but it is not their responsibility to address it, other than referring the patient to counseling or psychiatric care. There are more and more modalities designed to help the patient cope emotionally (Yoga, massage, meditation, Reiki, counseling …) Acupuncture can help on that level, and I would like to give a quick insight as to how it does that. Acupuncture is a modality of […]

Physical Health

Yoga for stress relief, rest, healing

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Yoga is a practice that has been around for thousands of years, originating in India as the complementary practice to Ayurveda, an Eastern practice of medical care that encompasses mind, body, and spirit. Yoga involves the practice of meditation, deep breathing, and a series of physical postures.  Now that yoga has become wildly popular here in the west, we are just beginning to scratch the surface of its healing capabilities, something ancient yogis have known all along. More physicians are incorporating complementary healing modalities into patient care, as research continues to show that there is more to healing than medication. […]

Emotional Support

Meditation can provide stress relief, improve mood

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Meditation is a complementary cancer treatment that can provide stress relief, improve mood, and reduce fatigue in breast cancer patients and survivors. Meditation is a focusing technique that helps you turn your attention away from distracting thoughts and redirect your attention on the present moment. With meditation, you give attention to a single point of reference such as breath, thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations.  Meditation can be done sitting, walking, or through yoga; and the practice of meditation can extend into a mindset for daily life. Meditation has been researched extensively and shown to prove effective  in improving psychological symptoms […]

Emotional Support

Emotional healing through compassionate touch

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Congratulations, you are cancer-free!  Or maybe your medical team and you are completing your rounds of treatments, or you are living with cancer….  But now they tell you that ‘You can get back to living your life!’ – Great……  Where do you start? “It was just one year and one month ago that you sat with me after my diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer and assured me that you were on my team and I would make it through!” Cancer treatments, (chemo, radiation, and surgery) all have taken a toll on not only your body, but also on your […]

Physical Health

The Benefits of Physical Therapy after Breast Surgery

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During treatment for breast cancer, physical therapy can play an integral part in returning a person to his or her previous level of function whether that be activities at home, work, or hobbies and recreation. Physical therapy can play a vital role in facilitating the healing process after a breast procedure. Mastectomy, breast reconstruction, and radiation therapy, while actively treating the cancer, can leave a person with stiff joints, or muscles in the surrounding area that can be difficult to stretch out. A referral to a physical therapist who specializes in the treatment of patients post-mastectomy can be very beneficial […]