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Breast Cancer Rehab – Level 2

Identify, Assess and Treat the Side Effects

Board Approved 15 CEUs

There is more to  breast cancer rehabilitation than the most commonly identified side effect, lymphedema. Some patients never even have lymphedema, but suffer from severe pain, tightness and describe a rubber band like feeling around their rib cage. Others, develop sensitivity around their removed breast and just like the phantom pain one can experience with an amputated leg, a phantom pain can develop after a mastectomy.  Fragile, hardened,  fibrotic skin can form after radiation intensifying pain in the underlying soft tissue. Surgical scars can lead to scar tissue that adheres to underlying structures causing pain, lack of mobility, and blockages to lymphatic flow. Stringing rope like bands, better known as axilla cording,  can suddenly appear and further restrict movement. Lack of shoulder mobility can result from a patient’s fear to move to avoid the onset of pain. Muscle guarding in the shoulder complex can cause muscle spasms and further add to the list of complications and side effects after breast cancer that are, often times, not identified.  We will discuss how to address the anxiety and mental fogginess that sometimes gets wrapped into this package during breast cancer rehabilitation.

Conditions that will be defined and covered in the breast cancer rehabilitation courses include: radiation fibrosis, radiation induced brachial plexopathy, chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, lymphedema, phantom breast syndrome, post mastectomy pain syndrome, axillary web syndrome, cervical radiculopathy, myofascial pain syndrome, rotator cuff tendonitis, adhesive capsulitis, winged scapula, nerve entrapments, chemobrain, and cancer related fatigue. We will also address general arm weakness and stiffness as well as scar tissue adhesions.

  • You will be able to identify, assess and treat the side effects of breast cancer
  • You will understand the many types and stages of breast cancer
  • You will understand medical treatments of breast cancer
  • You will be able to identify post surgical complications and know when to refer patient back to medical provider
  • You will be able to identify the side effects of breast cancer and know which side effects can be treated by a therapist and which side effects require another medical professional
  • You will be able to perform a detailed assessment of the breast cancer patient
  • You will be able to create an effective treatment plan and decide which manual techniques are best
  • You will be able to treat patients with a variety of techniques to address deficits, restore function, and decrease pain.
  • You will learn about the emotional side effects and other special considerations when dealing with the breast cancer patient as well as how to address these issues using diaphragmatic breathing, guided muscle relaxation and meditation
  • You will learn an integrative approach to treat the breast cancer patient using therapeutic techniques, and be knowledgable about the importance of nutrition and social support during recovery to better guide your patient toward success
  • Identify, assess and treat the side effects from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation
  • Learn the basics and be able to treat breast cancer patients upon completion of this course.
  • Understand The Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Medical and Surgical Treatment Options
  • Find your niche, widen your skill set, be the healer for this special group of patients

Michelle Rice, founder of “Conquer Breast Cancer”, is a physical therapist with twenty years of experience and specializes in breast cancer rehabilitation. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor Degree in Human and Organizational Development and received her Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami School of Medicine. She has extensive knowledge in manual therapies and incorporates craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, trigger point release, soft tissue mobilization, scar release, manual lymph drainage, yoga, breath control and relaxation techniques into her treatments. She is a certified lymphedema therapist and yoga instructor. She owns Preserva Therapy Group where she provides personalized outpatient therapy treatment to women and men on their path to recovery after cancer.

Michelle Rice MSPT, CLT, RYT

This course is offered to all PT, PTA, OT, COTA and LMT. No prior lymphedema certification is required!

Breast Cancer Rehab – Level 1 – Required (Register to Level 2 and receive a 20% Discount on the Level 1)

NOTE: This course is geared toward enhancing the practice and knowledge of Physical and Occupational Therapists and Assistants treating breast cancer patients; parts of this course may be outside the scope of practice for Massage Therapists. It is the responsibility of all health professionals to ensure that they work within the limits of their license.

It is recommended to bring shorts and T-shirts, or sports bra/tank top, or a two piece bathing suit to each class. Bring roll-up pads, plus pillows and blankets or your own massage table if you wish, to add to your comfort.


Day one:

  • 7:00 – 8:00: Registration and Complimentary Healthy Breakfast.
  • 8:00 – 10.00: The breast cancer diagnosis, incidence, prevalence, types, stages; Medical management of breast cancer including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery explained; Surgical options explained including SLNB, ALNB, lumpectomy, mastectomy, reconstruction procedures, expanders, implants.
  • 10:00 – 10:15: Break.
  • 10:15 – 12.00: Identify and assess the side effects during the recovery stage; Recognize the treatable side effects that cause pain, stiffness and edema; Identify functional limitations after breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation; Identify treatment options.
  • 12:00 – 12:30: Case Study; Learn to evaluate and assess eight key areas that will easily help you complete an evaluation, develop a plan of care, and design effective treatment and goals.
  • 12:30 – 1:30: Lunch break.
  • 1:30 – 2:00: Treatment lab: treatment options for skin, sensitivity, discuss cellulitis, brushing program.
  • 2:00 – 2:45: Treatment lab: scar tissue treatment techniques; cross friction; addressing surgical scars, axilla cording, and radiation fibrosis.
  • 2:45 – 3:30: Treatment lab: soft tissue treatment techniques; addressing the fascia and trigger points and axilla cording; MFR; STM; neuropathies and nerve glides.
  • 3:30 – 5:00: Lymphedema treatment techniques.

Day 2

  • 7:00 – 8:00: Complimentary Healthy Breakfast.
  • 8:00 – 12:00: Treatment lab: an integrative approach to the treatment of UE lymphedema, MLD and soft tissue mobilization for pitting edema, teaching self MLD to the patient; compression wrapping; day and night garments.
  • 12:00 – 1:00: Lunch break.
  • 1:00 – 3:00: Treatment lab: Address strength and flexibility, relaxation methods, guided muscle relaxation; benefits of yoga, breathing, meditation and mindfulness.
  • 3:00 – 3:30: Questions, certificates, wrap up. Conclusion.
  • At the end of your training, you will receive a current dated and signed certificate which should be displayed prominently in your office.
  • For the list of the States Approval click HERE
  • Our Courses are CEBroker listed. CEUs will be automatically credited to your account within 15days after the course completion.
  • Conquer Breast Cancer expects that you will adhere to the highest ethical standards of conduct and reserves the right to withdraw permission to display and market our certification if you misrepresent ConquerBreastCancer.org, its philosophy or its values.

Directions and accommodations will be provided with your confirmation letter. You can also contact our office at 863.496.3888 or send us an email.

Group Discount: (contact us prior booking)
10% discount off each enrollment fee for groups of 5 or more
20% discount off each enrollment fee for groups of 10 or more

Student Discount (contact us prior booking)

A 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. To get this discount when checking out online, use the code student99. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. Our team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

Referral Credit/Discount
Any therapist who has already taken a Conquer Breast Cancer course will earn a $50.00 “referral credit” if:
1. A therapist who has never taken a Conquer Breast Cancer course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Conquer Breast Cancer.
A therapist who has earned a $50.00 “referral credit” may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a “referral discount”.

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount (contact us prior booking)
Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Conquer Breast Cancer blog will earn a $50.00 “guest blogger credit”. This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a “guest blogger discount”.

Level 1 Discount
Register to Level 2 and receive a 20% Discount on the Level 1 with code: bundle20

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