Cancer Patients and Massage Therapy

There are very few medical issues that are more taxing mentally and physically than cancer. From the moment of your diagnosis, depression, anxiety and stress can set in as you begin to worry about the impact not only to your life, but to your loved ones. And while cancer treatments have come a long way in the last few decades, the traditional therapies of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy challenge your body to the core, and can leave you feeling like you’ve been hit by a train.

Incredible pain, fatigue, nausea, anemia and lymphedema are common physical side effects of cancer and its treatment regime. Luckily, there are things you can do to help cope. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are undergoing treatment, or have just finished a cycle of therapy, massage can play a major part in your recovery. Massage is a well-known and accepted form of recovery therapy. Just one or two sessions a week can have a major effect on both your physical condition, and personal sense of well-being.

For decades, patients have been erroneously warned about the effects of massage for people who are suffering from cancer, and rumors have abounded. We know now the error of our earlier ways, and more and more, doctors are including massage as part of a patient’s lead up to, management of, and recovery from harsh cancer treatments. Indeed, many physicians are recommending massage not only to help patients relax, but to reduce anxiety, fight nausea, deal with pain, and improve immune function.

So far as we know, massage can’t cure cancer, but what massage does do very well is lift your spirits by eliminating aches, pains and body fatigue. It can also sooth and ease your mind, and its relaxing elements can help you sleep.

Massage isn’t only used for intangibles; many medical professionals prescribe massage to help manage scar tissue and to help reduce post-surgery lymphedema. Often, due to swelling and scarring, women being treated for breast or ovarian cancer contract lymphedema, a blockage of lymphatic fluid which collects in tissues. A massage will help push the fluid along, effectively removing toxins from the body. Adhesions are another common post-surgery complication. Normally, organs slide around easily within their bodily region, however after surgery, layers of tissue can adhere to adjacent organs leading to discomfort, pain, and potential severe trauma. Massage can be leveraged to break up the adhesions and help speed recovery.

In summary, regardless the stage of your cancer treatment or recovery, a professional sports massage can help you and your family manage your well-being, and potentially much more. The team at Athlete’s Choice Massage is dedicated to your health and wellness. Give us a call now and one of our registered practitioners will be happy to set-up an appointment for you.

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