Oncology massage safely adapts to and nurtures the body, mind and spirit of someone affected by cancer or its treatments. Clinical research shows massage can improve some cancer treatment side-effects, hence Oncology Massage is recognized and widely used in hospitals and oncology treatment centers in the United States. Oncology Massage is as an effective and drug-free modality to help manage treatment side effects with benefits including: reduced pain, nausea and fatigue, Decreased anxiety, Improved sleep, Eased Isolation, Enhanced Body Image, Greater sense of wellbeing and more. Many cancer treatments require a long term massage modification and an oncology massage will safely meet the changing considerations during and after cancer treatment.
Even after treatment has finished, receiving bodywork and massage from an oncology therapist is important due to the potential for late effects of treatment. Massage adaptations are required when there is:
- Radiation & Surgery
- Low Blood Cell count
- Bone metastases
- Lymph Node removal
- Medical Devices
- Peripheral Neuropathy
Oncology Massage may also be given to recovering patients, survivors, and also in hospice as a means of comforting and to assist in preparation for the dying process.