Massage For Cancer Patients
Patients report many and varied changes after massage. A well therapist trained in oncology massage can provide a variety of positive effects from relaxation to scar tissue mobilization 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. Such as deep relaxation, improved sleep, reduced anxiety, reduced stress, increased alertness and mental clarity, less nausea, eased constipation and reduced pain
After surgery patients experienced reduced anxiety in advance of surgery, easier recovery from anaesthesia, reduced post-surgical pain, improved mobility, and appearance of surgical scars, reduced swelling, improved range of motion, easier adaptation to implants and expanders
Following radiation or chemotherapy patients experienced 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.