Improving Health And Wellness With Oncology Massage

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE 

This type of specialty massage improves the quality of life for people who have a history of cancer or who are going through their treatment journey. It is highly powerful when integrated as part of treatment program to manage symptoms and reduce the side effects from conventional treatment of cancer. Oncology Massage provides a variety of positive effects to not only the patient but also to their carers, family members and of course anyone else who is in need of deep relaxation. A study (Cassileth and Vickers, 2004), showed that light touch massage was the most effective form of touch therapy and had the following positive results on participants wellbeing:

 

  • Pain improved by 47%
  • Fatigue improved by 42%
  • Anxiety improved by 59%
  • Depression improved by 48%
  • Nausea improved by 51%
  • Other symptoms (such as shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth, disturbed sleep) improved by 48%

 

During conventional treatment of cancer, a person may spend many hours, days, weeks in and out of hospitals, exposing their body to various chemicals, drugs and medical equipment. Nourishing human touch is something that may be limited during these hard times of treatment and is something that a fancy medical generator can’t do for them. This sacred time for massage also allows them to actively participate in a part of their healing journey which is valuable in improving their sense of self and overall feelings of wellbeing.

 

BENEFITS OF ONCOLOGY MASSAGE:

 

  • Deep states of relaxation
  • Decreased stress levels
  • Improved sleep
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Decrease nausea
  • Decrease pain
  • Improve the appearance of scars post surgery

References:

Cassileth BR, Vickers AJ, 2004, Massage Therapy for Symptom Control: Outcome Study at a Major Cancer Centre, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 28:3:244-250