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Massage technique for cording?

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ruseford
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Re: Massage technique for cording?

Hi 

 

Yes applying pressure with your arms helps in cording. Massage therapist has advised my friend who was suffering from cording to massage her arm and it results in the reduction of pain. To know about more massage techniques for cording, browse http://instituteofeastwestwellness.com/.

riversidedawn
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Re: Massage technique for cording?

I was told not to apply heat to my bad arm because of lymphodema risk. Applying pressure to the cording helps.
ruseford
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Re: Massage technique for cording?

When massaging arms, use thumbs and gentle pressure to relieve strain on the flexors on the inside of the arms and extensors on the outside of arms. This is the proper technique that will help to reduce the cording.

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Re: Massage technique for cording?

Thanks for all the replies. The cording has become worse, but I am hoping that it has stabilised now. Saw my physio again for the first time since my ANC (was seeing her prior to that, following MX and LD flap) on Monday and will see her twice weekly, but won't be able to see her as frequently once I start chemotherapy in a couple of weeks' time. I just wish I could see her daily, as it is blissful when she gets my arm moving more than I can manage by myself! I did find a link that might be of interest to anyone else who has suffered/is suffering cording: http://www.stepup-speakout.org/Cording_and_Axillary_Web_Syndrome.htm

 

I'm not keen on have the cords snapped, and my physio is not keen either, much to my relief. HueyL, I have some Bio oil but have not used it yet as I wanted to make sure my scars were well and truly healed - do you think the oil penetrated the skin and helps the cords?

 

Jude, I'm also interested to know whether your hot water bottle helped? I'm wondering if the extra heat might actually dry the skin out too much?

 

xxx

HueyL
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Re: Massage technique for cording?

Hi, I had quite a lot of cording after auxillary node clearance. The cords ran right down to my wrist. I had physio weekly for about 12 sessions. The physio massaged my arm and sometimes the cords cracked and disappeared,(it didn't hurt!). I am now 10 months on and all cords have gone. I highly recommend you buy some Bio oil and massage with that and get your Dr to refer you to a Physio who has experience with treating cording. (I took the Bio oil for the physio to use also). I hope this helps!

 

Abbey57
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Re: Massage technique for cording?

I developed cording within a week of mx and snb in September. I was doing stretching exercises 3times a day, which improved the cording, but have since been referred to a physio. I go once a fortnight and she massages my whole arm towards the heart, spending more time on the cording area which is mainly in my armpit running down the underneath of my arm towards my elbow. I am still doing the exercises and it is improving slowly. The physio uses quite a lot of pressure but always works up my arm towards my heart.
Hope this helps.
scone
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Re: Massage technique for cording?

Hello

 

I used to massage my arm also but didn't have a parcular technique. I also used a wheat bag and hot water bottle as I had read previously they could reduce cording. 3 years post chemo, I can only see my cording in certain lights.

 

Good luck

 

Jude

 

x

June_BCC
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Re: Massage technique for cording?

Hello Aroha

 

Whilst waiting for replies maybe you would like to give our helpline a call on 0808 800 6000 or use our 'Ask the Nurse' service 

http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/breast-cancer-services/ask-us-your-questions/ask-nurse?utm_source... 

for advice on cording.

 

best wishes

June, moderator

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Massage technique for cording?

I had MX and recon in October and ANC 10 days ago but have now developed cording. I know stretching exercises will help, but can anyone describe a massage technique that would help too please? My partner had a go last night but then we both got a bit worried that it might lead to lymphoedema if done incorrectly. Thanks. xx