Safe therapeutic massage during and after cancer treatment.
Oncology massage is the modification of massage techniques in order to safely work with effects of cancer and cancer treatment, and includes people in active treatment, those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life. Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist's skill set are an informed understanding of the pathophysiology of cancer; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.
Oncology massage does not try to "fix" anything, and unlike many massage modalities is not a series of techniques or applied protocols. Rather, it is the ability of the therapist to recognize and safely work within clilnically established guidelines, given a client's unique circumstances.
Clinical research supports the use of massage in reducing the perception of pain, and in the reduction of anxiety. Patients reported massage benefits additionally include improved sleep, decreased sense of isolation, enhanced body image, and increased feelings of well-being.
Portion from: Society for Oncology Massage: Oncology Massage Info Review
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