The benefits of exercise for cutting the risks of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are well-documented. But according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, add breast health to the list. In a study of more than 74,000 postmenopausal women, those of normal weight who exercised 75 minutes to 10 hours a week cut their chances of developing breast cancer by 30 percent to 37 percent, respectively.
Breasts are body tissues with their own health needs. At some point in time, most women will experience breast congestion, breast pain, discomforts of diagnostic or surgical procedures, and anxieties about lumps or other changes in their breast tissues. Pregnancy and breastfeeding have their set of associated breast tissue needs. Unfortunately, many women experience physical and psychological trauma related to their breasts. And then there is breast cancer — impacting directly on the lives of many women, and indirectly on all of us.
Legal and ethical issues often provide a controversial backdrop to the subject of breast massage. Further fueling the debate is the question of who exactly is qualified to perform this technique. While there may be many schools of thought, the fact remains there is an appropriate and practical manual technique — Lymph Drainage Therapy — that can be used by trained therapists for specific conditions and indications relating to breast care.
When it comes to breast massage as a therapeutic, professional modality, there are two questions which come to mind. Are we on the brink of understanding? Or are we putting our heads in the sand? These are dichotomous questions � each having a real place in the discussion of breast massage as a therapeutic means toward breast health.