Therapeutic & Oncology Massage

Sue Spencer, CMT, NCBTMB ~ Medical Massage Therapist

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

  • deep relaxation
  • reduced stress
  • improved sleep
  • eased constipation
  • improved circulation
  • increased alertness and mental clarity
  • reduced anxiety
  • less nausea
  • reduced pain 

    Following Surgery
  • reduced anxiety in advance of surgery
  • easier recovery from anesthesia
  • reduced post-surgical pain
  • improved mobility and appearance of surgical scars
  • reduced swelling
  • improved range of motion
  • easier adaptation to implants and expanders
    Following Radiation or Chemotherapy
  • reduced anxiety in advance of and during treatment
  • reduced post-treatment fatigue 
  • improved appetite
  • improved peripheral neuropathy 

    Emotional Benefits
  • decreased anxiety
  • decreased depression
  • increased feelings of well-being
  • being pleasantly distracted
  • improved body self-image
  • restored hope
  • satisfaction in participating in a part of the healing process 
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