Massage For Cancer Patients?

Do you have cancer or know someone who does? Did you know that massage therapy can help with it? For years it was taught that was a no-no. We were told that massage could spread the cancer throughout the whole body. But now oncologists are recommending massage to cancer patients.

What are the benefits of massage?

Scientific studies have looked at the effects of various body-based practices on people having cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery. These studies have shown that massage may reduce:

pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression.

Individuals who have had massages during cancer treatments have reported a range of positive outcomes such as improvements in:

sleep, the health of the scar tissue, quality of life, mental clarity and alertness, the range of motion.

Read more here...

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1891200/

Of course as a Licensed Massage therapist I highly recommend all cancer patients to get a doctor's note for clearance.  This is for their own safety and assurance. We as Massage therapists want to add to your cancer care. Most doctor's will suggest a light soothing massage. On areas of the body where the tumours are the doctor usually tells you to avoid these areas from being massagedIt's very sensitive and uncomfortable.  A doctor will provide your Massage therapist with specific instructions.

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