Massage Therapy has best been best studied and shown to reduce anxiety relating to the sense of isolation people experience from a diagnosis of cancer. Improved sleep, an increased feeling of well being, reduced nausea and pain are also reported benefits.
Massage does not spread cancer
Therapy can be given with all levels of pressure, yet care is modified to your status of treatment and recovery. The spectrum of care can be a firm, stimulating pressure to a subtle non force “laying on of hands.” Clear communication with you and your healthcare team is essential to providing an appropriate session of care.
Guidelines when considering if massage may be right for you
First, let your Oncologist know you are considering a massage session. Your doctor may want to speak with me first, suggest guidelines to follow, or simply give a non restricted go ahead.
If you have little or no restrictions of movement or exercise, you are a good candidate for Massage Therapy.
If you have restrictions of physical activities, display vascular changes in your limbs, healing an incision site, or are having chemotherapy or radiation treatment, you are a good candidate for modified massage therapy.
If you are restricted from movement, have diminished function of a vital organ, undiagnosed pain, severe bone metastasis, or are at high risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis you are a candidate for supportive care, a subtle “laying on of hands” with a caring presence.