What are the benefits of massage for someone with cancer?

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 moblization 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

● 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 moblity 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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