Cancer treatment and muscle tightnessSome cancer treatments disrupt the body’s connective tissue, causing muscle knots, adhesions and scarring and a resulting feeling of tightness. These changes in muscle and tissue are often not noticed right away as they can be slow to develop. However, over time, the tightness can become more evident and uncomfortable. Several soft tissue techniques are proving very effective at relieving muscle tightness caused by cancer treatment and giving patients a wider range of movement in the affected areas. Such therapy and rehabilitation techniques can also help to reduce the amount of soft tissue scarring that sometimes follows cancer treatment. Below are just a few of the techniques we use to relieve muscle and soft tissue tightness:
- Manual therapy: Deep tissue massage to work on tight trigger points and help your muscles and soft tissues to relax.
- Specific stretching supervised: Gentle stretching exercises to eliminate tightness and help to increase range of motion and agility.
- Myofascial release: Gentle, sustained pressure applied to the fascia. This type of therapy is particularly useful in treating pain and tightness that doesn’t show up on standard imaging tests.