I had my first breast thermography scan done six months ago. I have no idea why it's taken me so long to finally do it. The key is to do it before anything suspicious happens (which I did!). And maintain scans annually to see changes in blood flow, lymphatic drainage and nodules to then catch something before it really becomes something. Thermography scans are in, mammograms are out. There is a ton of research out there in case you want to know specifics... you can literally spend all day reading studies.
The reasons why mammograms are no longer the golden standard are vast but here are two important ones:
1. They produce a high amount of false positives
2. They smash and stress some seriously fragile tissues, and if something is there, you absolutely do not want to compress it.
Anyways, I had a little reality check when my scans came back. I had quite a bit of lymphatic stagnation in my chest and lymph nodes leading into my breast tissue. Way more than I was comfortable with. So I decided to start doing something that I've been meaning to do for a long time, dry brushing.
Dry Brushing is a technique using a special, semi-firm natural bristled brush, to brush your skin in long strokes towards the heart to nudge that lymphatic system into getting it's shiz together. The lymphatic system is a network of tubes, vessels and glands throughout the body that (for simplicity's sake) removes toxins. The lymphatic system uses peristalsis (contractions) to move lymph fluid throughout the lymphatic system. Other ways to assist with that include: physical activity/exercises, massage, including rebounding, drinking plenty of fluids, and yes-dry brushing. Dry brushing is extremely easy to do, takes no time, and forces the lymphs to get pumpin'!
I recently went back for my follow up Thermography scan and the report came back with great improvements, limited to no lymphatic stagnations. Below is the dry brush that I've been using for the past six months.
Read more about dry brushing here:
Wellness Mama's Post: What is Dry Brushing for Skin?
Mind Body Green's Post: A Step-By-Step Guide to Dry Skin Brushing
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