Massage Works for Relief During Cancer
We have had the privilege of working with some clients who have gone through or are undergoing cancer treatments. Massage during cancer can help relieve pain and increase circulation and removal of toxins in the body.
Massage therapy also imparts a feeling of well being and relaxation in the body at a time when encouraging a healing environment is of utmost importance.
In a study by Juravinski Cancer Program, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation and McMaster UniversityThe largest published report on therapeutic massage is a prospective, nonrandomized, observational study of patients treated at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City 3. That study evaluated changes in symptom scores for pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety, nausea, and depression. Participants included 1290 cancer patients and 12 licensed massage therapists. Three variations of massage (selected mainly by the patients) were used: Swedish, light touch, and foot massage. The main outcome measures were data from symptom cards collected by independent observers that were recorded before and after the first session of massage. Symptom scores declined in severity by approximately 50%. Swedish and light touch massage were found to be superior to foot massage.
This is the same as the feedback we have gotten from clients. Massage can be a very beneficial adjunct to other treatments to improve quality of life during a challenging time.
According to The American Cancer Society How is it promoted for use:
Massage is recommended by some health care professionals as a complementary therapy. Supporters believe massage can help reduce stress, anxiety, and pain in people who have serious illnesses such as cancer. It is also known to help relax muscles. Many people find that massage brings a temporary feeling of well-being and relaxation. Massage is also used to relieve pain and stiffness, increase mobility, rehabilitate injured muscles, and reduce the pain of headaches and backaches