Benefits of Oncology Massage

What are the benefits of oncology massage?

Patients report many wide-ranging changes after receiving therapeutic massage.  A therapist trained in oncology massage can provide a variety of positive effects from relaxation to scar tissue mobilization to pain reduction, but the anecdotal evidence suggests that there are many benefits beyond even these that are enjoyed by people at all stages of their journey.

Therapeutic Oncology massage can reduce a patient's pain, anxiety, anger or depression during treatment for the disease. It can provide relaxation, improve mood, relieve symptoms and decrease muscle aches and spasms. Studies have shown that massage also boosts the immune system. Oncology patients often experience a decrease in symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, and insomnia when receiving weekly massage.

Overall Benefits

  • increases relaxation
  • reduces stress
  • improves sleep
  • eases constipation
  • improves circulation
  • increases alertness and mental clarity
  • reduces anxiety
  • lessens nausea
  • reduces pain 

Following Surgery

  • easier recovery from anesthesia
  • reduces post-surgical pain
  • improves mobility and appearance of surgical scars
  • reduces swelling
  • improves range of motion
  • eases adaptation to implants and expanders

Following Radiation or Chemotherapy

  • reduces anxiety in advance of and during treatment
  • reduces post-treatment fatigue 
  • improves appetite
  • improves peripheral neuropathy 

Emotional Benefits

  • decreases anxiety
  • decreases depression
  • increases feelings of well-being
  • improves body self-image
  • restores hope
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