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Touch Therapy for Cancer Clients

An Innovative and Integrative Approach to Cancer Care has arrived!

(adapted from The Society for Oncology Massage website)

An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Oncology massage can only be provided by a massage therapist who has received training in the specifics of cancer and cancer treatment. This training is more about cancer and less about massage. When you are receiving an oncology massage, you are receiving traditional, established massage therapy techniques that have been adapted to account for your unique health situation. The changes that might be made to a massage that make it an "oncology massage" can fall under any number of categories, but typically they will be related to session length, pressure, positioning and areas of specific compromise or concern like mediports, bone metastases or skin reactions to treatment.

Patients and their caregivers report many and varied changes after 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 the cancer journey.

General Benefits Prior to Surgery

● deep relaxation ● reduced stress ● improved sleep ● eased constipation ● 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 actively in a part of the healing process

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