Deep Myofascial Release can be the most effective treatment for pain following chemotherapy by restoring health to the sensitive, painful fascia.
After having survived cancer and surgery and then chemotherapy, oftentimes the next challenge is dealing with the side effects of the cancer treatment. Among the possible complications are joint pain and restricted range of motion, especially in the areas closest to the cancer site. In the case of breast cancer, for example, the shoulder and arm might suffer a diminished range of motion as the pectoral muscle tenses from the trauma. Other joints in the body may also experience pain. This pain can be quite intense and debilitating. Treatment may consist of pain medication, steroids or antidepressants that, of course, do not address the origin of this pain and thus are largely ineffective.
A crucial, but often-overlooked, element of this scenario is the fascia, the connective tissue that envelops the joints and muscles. Tendons and ligaments are also part of this system of connective tissue that supports and maintains the structural integrity of the musclulo-skeletal system. Healthy fascia is pliable and elastic. It functions as the lubricant between muscles and is an important structural component of the joints, allowing smooth, unimpeded movement.
Chemotherapy has a devastating effect on all connective tissue. It becomes dry, thick and tough, forming adhesions and restricting muscle movement. It can contract and encase the body like a straightjacket. Toxins are trapped in the tissue as blood and lymph flow are inhibited. The result can be extreme pain in the joints (and elsewhere) and restriction of joint movement.
Fortunately, stretching the fascia correctly with DMR Therapy® can immediately restore its proper function. Fascia is resilient and has an amazing ability to recover quickly. Muscles then become unbound and the joints are freed. Lymph and blood can again circulate freely, eliminating the toxins from the problem areas and rebuilding the tissue. The entrapped, tense muscles are able to relax, the fascia becomes again pliable and elastic, and pain disappears.