After Breast Cancer: An Osteopathic Approach
1 in 8 women in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Thankfully the 5-year survuval rate is over 90%, however as they try to move forward with their lives, they continue to deal with the long-term side effects of their treatment journey.
This treatment commonly results in significant scarring, adhesions, fibrous tissue, hard and lumpy breasts, rippled or contracted breast implants and even chronic pain. Current management is focused on exercise prescription or self-massage advice leaving a significant gap in the post-treatment care of breast cancer patients which osteopathy is well placed to help fill.
This one-day course will expand your understanding of breast cancer classification, diagnosis and treatments. You will gain an understanding of how common side effects develop based on the current research, and how to apply an osteopathic approach to help provide relief.
Course participants will leave with an understanding of the different types of breast cancer, the medical treatment these patients undertake and the impact of each of these forms of treatment on the tissues of the body. The course will explain the primary side effects these women experience and provide an osteopathic approach to caring for them during their recovery.
After Breast Cancer has a strong practical focus including treatment protocols that you can use to make a significant impact on your patients’ lives by relieving discomfort, changing distorted breasts to look and feel ‘normal’, and allowing patients to feel comfortable in their bodies again. Many of the techniques learned can be applied to and post-surgical scar.
- Pre-learning video covering types, grades and stages of breast cancer and their prevalence
- Medical treatment protocols in breast cancer including lumpectomy, mastectomy, sentinel node biopsy (SNB), axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) radiation therapy, DIEP/TRANS reconstructions and more
- The impact on the body of each modality of treatment particularly on tissue texture including external and internal scarring, fibrous tissue and adhesions
- Other common side effects including Axillary Web Syndrome (cording), Post Mastectomy Pain Syndrome, seroma and induration
- Who can we treat and at what stage of their treatment can you safely and effectively intervene?
- An osteopathic perspective on managing patients during and after their medical treatment protocol
- The future of osteopathy in this field – current treatment protocols and their limitations and how you can help
- Clinical assessment of the breast patient
- Internal and external scar tissue and adhesions
- Treatment of cording and capsular contraction
- Symptomatic relief for chemo patients
This course is currently only open to registered osteopaths.
Participants will practice on each other. Please bring a thin, cotton singlet for this purpose as bras will need to be removed. Breast techniques will be undertaken only with consent and with all due sensitivity. Any direct palpation will occur underneath draping to protect the modesty of our participants.
The course will run from 8:30AM to 4:30PM with arund an 1 hour of pre-learning videos. Places are limited to 20 attendees. It also includes morning and afternoon tea and an e-certificate of attendance for your CPD records. The course can be counted as 8 hours CPD.
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Sun, 02 April 2023
Lecture and Hands-on
High Street Holistic
60 High St, Preston,
MOst B AppSc (Osteo) BA(AS), Dip Applied Acupuncture Breast Care Osteopath
Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biosciences in 2000 and a Masters Degree in Osteopathy in 2002. She has been in private practice in the Lane Cove and St Leonards areas for almost 20 years. She was a university lecturer for senior students in the Osteopathy program for 4 years, as well as a Registration Board Examiner. Amanda is the founder and Director of Restore Health & Wellness in St Leonards.
Although Amanda has build a reputation for caring for patients with all manner of tissue restriction and pain, she began to develop her skills in assisting breast cancer patients in the management of her sisters side effects during her treatment in 2001. In 2019, following her own breast cancer journey, she became aware that there was a widespread demand for experience in managing tissue changes, scars and adhesions in the care of these patients.
In March 2021 she joined the allied health team at Northern Beaches Breast Clinic in Frenchs Forest to practice alongside the Breast Surgeons and the allied health team in caring for their patients. She continues to practice at Restore Health & Wellness.
Amanda has a particular interest in caring for:
- Scars, fibrous tissue, adhesions (acute or chronic)
- Cording and axilla (armpit) stiffness
- Capsular contraction
- Shoulder pain and movement restriction
- Chemotherapy gut side effects (nausea)
- Post DIEP or TRAM abdominal recovery
Amanda’s patients are referred by Oncology Breast Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologists and McGrath Breast Care Nurses. She is enthusiastic about the future of osteopathy in this field and has developed her After Breast Cancer CPD course to encourage other osteopaths to feel comfortable to care for these women in their own practices.