Cancer is one of the most dreaded and feared diseases. It begins as a single peculiar cell that multiplies and spreads out of control throughout the body while attacking other healthy tissue. There are over 100 types of cancer, including melanoma, mesothelioma, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. Whatever type of cancer is affecting someone’s life and family, treatment and recovery are painful physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Among the many options for the treatment of cancer, massage therapy shows great promise in helping cancer patients. While using massage as part of the treatment plan for cancer, the American Cancer Society states that 61 percent of the patients showed success with this type of alternative treatment. Cancer and its lingering symptoms can cause great discomfort for all concerned with overwhelming stress and turmoil.
Among the many benefits of massage for a cancer patient, the therapy can cut anxiety and depression while improving immune function. Massage therapy is also effective in pain relief while enhancing relaxation in the cancer patient. Other benefits include stimulating the lymphatic system and reducing muscle tension.
There are several types of massage methods although the most common technique is known as the Swedish massage. A therapist may use different methods of massage therapy, taking special care of their cancer patient.
Massage techniques include kneading and rubbing the muscles and soft body tissues to promote and enhance a stress-free feeling. Therapists have recently been engaging in the specialty of oncology to help cancer patients and their families, since treatment and its success depend on the total support of loved ones. A therapist that specializes in oncology imperative to have full knowledge of the patient’s particular type of cancer, history, and other treatment they are under. As a result, the massage given will involve the proper amount of pressure to use as well as areas on the body to avoid any possible side effects. A light massage can be effective for the patient during any stage of cancer.
Regular massage therapy promotes circulation while loosening tight muscles. Working on the particular pressure points within the knots and tight muscles can ease pain and encourage easier bodily movement. Along with the traditional treatment options prescribed by a doctor, massage therapy can improve overall mood, lessen fatigue and offer a better quality of life. Massage helps to break up scar tissue, aid in the removal of toxins, improve stamina, increase blood circulation, and ease pain while supporting better coordination.
Studies have not proven that massage alone is a cure-all for cancer but does work well with other recovery methods to promote a greater sense of well-being. It is also not meant to slow or reverse the effects of cancer. Besides elevating a calmer inner feeling, massage therapy can help with the unpleasant side effects of cancer treatments. There are no claims to substantiate that massage therapy has any long-term effects but can make a patient feel better in the here and now through recovery to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Patients are encouraged to consult a doctor right away and find a regimen that works best for them. Give your body, mind, and spirit a vacation from lifes everyday stressors, and go get yourself a calming massage!
About Melanie Bowen
Melanie Bowen joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2011 as an awareness advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness. Melanie also assists in social media outreach in her efforts to spread awareness.