Massage for Cancer Patients during Active Treatment
Escape, just for a little while, to a place of calm, quiet and ease.
A massage can offer much-needed comfort during cancer treatment. Research shows that gentle massage can reduce pain and nausea, improve sleep, and strengthen the immune system. Cancer treatment makes so many intrusions on the body. Of course, massage is not expected to cure anyone. But removing the road blocks to healing that stress creates clears the way for the body to heal itself naturally. The value of a soft, soothing experience cannot be underestimated. Benefit from a much-needed diversion to a place of warmth and nurturing.
Oncology Massage is adapted for your needs and can accommodate almost any of the temporary inconveniences that go along with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Oncology massage is so gentle that it can be done for Stage 1 to Stage 4 diagnoses. You may not be able to lie on your stomach or on your back due to implanted ports, surgery sites or radiation burns. The massage therapist will work around but not on these areas. Even colostomy patients can receive massage with modified positioning. Each cancer patient’s massage session is customized to the unique situations that chemotherapy and radiation cycles create.
With light touch and long, slow, gentle strokes, massage during chemotherapy or radiation can reduce the side effects of treatment. Many patients report using less pain and anti-nausea medication after receiving massage. While deep massage may sound nice, for most people in active treatment it should be avoided. Deep Tissue massage during chemotherapy can tax a system already burdened, and the resulting inflammatory response is likely to cause flu-like symptoms such as body aches and fatigue. In other words, Deep massage stirs things up too much, creating extra work for the body and possibly increasing discomfort. Your Oncology Massage Therapist will adapt the pressure and pace of the massage to encourage the body’s natural healing processes.
Reconnect to your true, centered self.
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