Individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer can experience a variety of symptoms, both as part of their treatment and as part of the disease itself. Quite often symptoms of pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety will be experienced by people with cancer. Massage therapy is one of the best complementary care options that can help individuals relieve many of these symptoms which, in turn, will help improve their overall quality of life.
Numerous studies have been performed on the safety of massage therapy and cancer, with no evidence indicating that massage therapy has any impact on the spread or re-occurrence of cancer. In fact, some recent studies have shown that improving the connective tissue environment within the body will help the body heal and allow the immune system to function more optimally, letting the body fight back!
The main benefits of massage therapy for cancer patients are:
- Reducing pain
- Alleviating stress
- Relieving nausea
- Reducing depression and anxiety
- Improving sleep and lessening fatigue
- Preventing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
- Providing a caring, supportive touch to someone who may feel quite isolated and alone during this difficult time
Some contraindications to consider before massage therapy can be integrated into your ongoing care are untreated infections, blood clots, blood-type cancers, lymphatic-type cancers and working right over a tumour site. Most often the massage therapist will be in contact with your doctor or oncologist in order to make sure that treatment is safe. Communication between all the healthcare providers ensures an effective and safe treatment plan based on each individual’s needs. There is no “one-size fits all” formula for massage therapy and cancer.
Our experience with treating cancer at Sunnybrae Therapeutics has been extensive. We have treated many different types of cancer over the years, including but not limited to breast cancer, colon cancer, uterine cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, cervical cancer and laryngeal cancer. We always welcome questions regarding treatment for your specific cancer diagnosis. If you are interested in reaching out, please call (902)425-7759.