Almost 40% of Americans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime and every one of us are affected by it.
While medical science is making amazing progress in fighting cancer, make no mistake that the disease still takes a devastating physical and emotional toll. A gentle massage isn’t capable of repairing the damage done by cancer, but it can give a measure of relief during this stressful time.
Massage therapy is safe for cancer patients as long as they are seen by someone trained in oncology massage. They should have experience with lymphedema and understand how to work around ports and medical devices. Always talk to your doctor before undergoing oncology massage to make sure it is right for you.
Pain is the most common and debilitating symptom among cancer patients. While the exact prevalence of pain varies depending on the type and stage of cancer, research shows that pain generally affects over 50% of those undergoing cancer therapy and up to 90% with advanced cancer experience pain.
Massage therapy shows promise for reducing pain intensity/severity, fatigue, and anxiety in cancer populations. This is the conclusion of a collaborative meta-analysis of research on massage therapy for pain conducted by Samueli Institute and commissioned by the Massage Therapy Foundation, with support from the AMTA.
Oncology massage can change the way it feels to live with a serious illness. By providing clinically reasoned and thoughtfully adapted massage, therapists nourish body, mind, and spirit to:
Improve quality of life
Help with the management of pain
Improve quality of sleep
Reduce unpleasant sensation from chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
Increase function in areas affected by scar tissue resulting from surgery and radiation
Reduce post-surgical swelling and support rehabilitation and recovery
Support the lymph system and assist with lymphedema management
Improve body awareness and image
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New research is helping health care professionals and patients alike understand the role massage therapy plays in an integrative care plan. From providing stress relief to helping patients better handle symptoms such as pain and side effects like nausea, massage therapy can make an important difference for cancer patients.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is it safe to receive a massage in this condition?
Generally a massage isn't safe during this unpleasant experience.
A trained Oncolgy massage therapist is skilled how to provide a massage during this time without causing a risk
Does oncology massage can treat cancer?
Unfortunately not it can only provide relief and relaxation
Is the oncolgy massage painful?
Oncology massage is only soothing and relaxing not utilizing any pressure or fast strokes
I researched online and I do not believe in the therapy ,why you claim the therapies can be helpful?
Opinions and researches always come up from each end . everyone has an opinion it's up to you to choose how you want to achieve your wellness.