The ARD Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds and directs them towards researches on new cancer treatment therapies, has partnered with the German neuromuscular therapist Horst Ulrich Gutbrod, known in São Paulo for having pioneered a technique that returns breast sensibility to women affected by breast cancer. Uli, as the therapist is known, donated 100 sessions of his treatment to ARD. These sessions will be given to the first 20 women who visit the Foundation’s website (www.ardfound.org), comment about the partnership (which will be linked at the top of the page) and follow Horst Ulrich Gutbrod’s profile on Instagram (@uligutbrod). This special promotion will last through all the entirety of November, beginning on the first day of the month.
“I am very happy with this partnership with the ARD Foundation. First, because we share the same values; second, because we have the intention to improve the lives of other people who suffer from cancer. And most importantly, [because all of this is] always done with empathy, ethics, and determination. Together with the ARD we can reach more people, be it in Brazil or in the United States,” tells Uli, who studied and practiced massage and neuromuscular therapy in institutes in Germany, Switzerland, Russia and the United States.
He tells that he started his work of returning breast sensibility to women two years ago, when a patient came to his practice for a treatment and asked about the problem. It was from then that Uli created and improved the technique of using two small pen-shaped pins with golden tips to return function to the touch receptors. He sees roughly ten patients a month with this type of issue in his clinic in the Vila Nova Conceição neighborhood in São Paulo.
Uli recommends a minimum of six sessions to help return breast sensibility, but at times it might require up to ten sessions. However, he guarantees that some difference will be apparent right after the first consultation.
“From what I know, until today there has been no treatment aimed towards the recovery of sensibility to a person who suffered from breast cancer,” explained the therapist.
Uli also treats surgery scars by reconnecting nerve cells in hopes of helping women recover sensibility in that area so they do not see their breasts as something mutilated.
According to the Instituto Nacional do Câncer (INCA), breast cancer is the second most common of cancer diseases to affect women, right behind skin cancer, affecting over 58 thousand women annually in Brazil alone. In many cases, patients undergo mastectomy, a procedure that removes the entire breast, causing trauma, a loss of sense of femininity, and most importantly, loss of breast sensibility.