Radiation Induced Fibrosis
Radiation therapy is a commonly used treatment for breast cancer, but it can lead to radiation-induced fascial restrictions and scarring in the surrounding tissues. The high-energy radiation used in treatment can cause damage to the skin, subcutaneous tissues, and underlying fascia. This damage often results in the formation of scar tissue, which can lead to tightness, stiffness, and limited mobility in the treated area. Furthermore, radiation-induced fascial restrictions can affect the lymphatic system, impeding proper fluid drainage and potentially leading to lymphedema. Addressing these complications is crucial for breast cancer survivors to regain optimal function and quality of life. Electro acupuncture, trigger point therapy, manual techniques such as myofascial release, and scar tissue mobilization are important to alleviate the fascial restrictions and scarring. These interventions aim to improve tissue mobility, reduce pain and discomfort, enhance lymphatic flow, and restore flexibility and range of motion. By integrating such therapies into a comprehensive rehabilitation plan, patients can mitigate the long-term effects of radiation therapy and enhance their recovery process after breast cancer treatment.