When I first trained in Physical Therapy we were taught never to do any type of soft tissue work or massage on cancer patients for fear of spreading the disease. Thankfully, times have changed and research now shows that this is not the case. Massage therapy can be very beneficial to cancer patients in conjunction with their traditional cancer treatments.
How Oncology Massage is different.
Oncology massage is an adaptation of regular massage. An oncology therapist is trained to ask questions related to your cancer history and the treatments you have received or are still receiving. The massage will be more gentle than standard treatments and consideration is given to the side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.
The emphasis is on relaxation and comfort. The therapist will take time to ensure the client is comfortable by adjusting the positioning on the table to allow for pain or tenderness and any equipment such as a line, port or stoma bag.
Oncology massage can be applied at any time before, during or after your traditional cancer treatments with the permission of your medical team.
Studies show that the benefits can include reductions in
- peripheral neuropathy
I have been trained in oncology massage at the OBUS School of Healing Therapies. I have also trained in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation with Michelle Lyons, physiotherapist and women’s health specialist.
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