What is Oncology Massage?
Oncology massage is a gently massage developed specifically for cancer patients. Each patient has specific needs which must be addressed to ensure that the massage is productive and not harmful to the patient.
Is Oncology Massage Beneficial?
Oncology Massage is an integral part of modern cancer care. It is medically proven to achieve major reductions in the levels of pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression experienced by cancer patients. Oncology Massage techniques can safely be given at every stage of the patient's journey and can enhance their state of wellbeing.
Why is it important to see a specially trained Oncology Massage Therapist?
Oncology Message therapists are trained to adapt the massage session to meet the patient’s needs. Standard oncology massage intake questions include:
- cancer treatment history
- tumor site or metastasis
- compromised blood cell counts
- lymph node involvement
- blood clots or blood clot risk
- vital organ involvement
- fragile or unstable tissue
- medical devices
- fatigue, neuropathy, or pain
- changes in sensation
- late effects of treatment
A trained massage therapist will modify the session depending on your unique situation. This is essential for the proper support and safety of each patient.
What happens in an Oncology Massage Session?
An oncology massage can be performed on a massage table or chair, depending on the comfort of the patient. The body is covered with sheets and/or blanket for warmth. Smooth, flowing stroked are used and the touch is very gentle. At any sign of discomfort, the pressure is released or the therapist moves to another section on the body.