Myofascial release showed decreased pain, increased shoulder movement, and increased functionality in women after breast cancer surgery.
The fact that simple stretching for only 10 minutes per day could reduce cancer tumor growth by 52% in this study involving mice is pretty amazing! Being a manual and movement therapy physician, author, and educator, it is clear to me that the human body needs movement. But to see a 52% improvement was incredible!
The results of this study should bolster the value of including massage therapy as an integral part of oncology treatment programs.