Tarzana Massage Therapist Ani Papazyan, BS, LMT, CN was recognized by the Science of Massage Institute and Journal of Massage Science for outstanding work in the area of Massage Therapy. She was featured as “Case of the Month” for her groundbreaking work in a particular case involving massage therapy for a breast cancer survivor after a Radical Mastectomy.
Many of Ani’s patients have experienced traumatic illness accompanied by invasive surgeries. While medical doctors can treat the disease itself, the patient is often left with other physical, emotional and psychological side effects that the doctor or hospital does not – or cannot – treat. Radical mastectomy due to breast cancer, for example, affects the female body in many profound ways. Because this surgery greatly impacts the patient physically, emotionally and mentally, proper therapeutic aftercare is essential to rapid mental and physical healing.
Medical massage can reduce post-surgery complications such as as pain, sleeplessness, swelling, vertigo, mental stress, and more. In Ani’s “Case of The Month” she successfully treated a breast cancer survivor who was experiencing loss of balance after a Radical Mastectomy. The details of this case are both interesting and amazing – and showcase how 100% natural medical massage therapy can help you heal when other methods have failed.
Massage Therapy for Breast Cancer Survivor – Post Mastectomy
After a Modified Radical Mastectomy (MRM) on her right side, Ani’s client started experiencing difficulty with her balance. She was unable to walk a straight line, and was unable to drive because of her balance issues. Her entire breast had been removed (as well as the underarm lymph nodes) however her pectoral (chest) muscles had been left intact. Six weeks of traditional physical therapy did not resolve the balance issues, so the client’s family brought her to see Ani.
Ani recognized that that since the client’s right breast was removed, there would be imbalance in the function of the muscles on the right side of her body (specifically the pectoral, trapezius, serratus anterior, anterior and posterior cervical muscles). Ani did a palpatory evaluation of the client and confirmed the presence of tension and active trigger points in these muscles. This confirmed that the muscles on the client’s right side that stabilize the neck and upper shoulder had been compromised and needed attention! Considering that mastectomy is a major trauma to the body, Ani was also certain that the client’s overall protective reflexes were greatly activated – and she determined that she also needed to release pressure in the client’s entire spine, starting from her coccyx (tailbone).
The therapeutic massage therapy Ani implemented consisted of medical massage techniques that included long massage strokes from the lower back to the neck, connective tissue massage, kneading strokes of the paravertebral muscles, and application of friction and manual compression at the base of the skulls. Ani also used Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT) to affect the withdrawal reflex, which is spinal cord reflex.
After the first 45 minute of the session, the client regained 50% of her balance! She did not even have to return for any follow up sessions, since two days after the first session, she completely regained her balance while both walking and driving!
We Offer Massage Therapy for Illness, Injury or Surgery Complications
If you are experiencing emotional or physical pain, discomfort, swelling, balance issues, or other complications after a traumatic injury, illness or surgery, Ani may be able to help you with therapeutic massage! Please call her to set up an appointment to evaluate your situation. She has helped hundreds of individuals in Tarzana, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Calabasas & the greater Los Angeles area restore their health and wellbeing with 100% natural therapeutic massage.