If you are dealing with the ills of cancer, healing and recovery can have its own discomforting effects. Whatever cancer invaded your life, from mesothelioma, colon cancer, prostate cancer, melanoma, lymphoma or any of the other 100 varieties of this horrifying disease, you deserve to find relief and more strength in your treatment of cancer, whether you are recovering or in remission.
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You have probably gone through the radiation and chemotherapy for the treatment of the monster in your life, yet those treatments bring its own set of side effects such as fatigue, pain, nausea, bowel conditions, fever, bleeding, vomiting and infection as well as mental problems like confusion, depression and more. Massage has most recently been discovered as an alternative treatment option for the recovery of cancer.
Massage works in conjunction with your medical therapy to help improve the healing process. Some of the benefits include reduced arthritis pain, headaches, stiffness and backaches. Through gentle, steady massage, you may benefit from an improved lymphatic system and better circulation throughout the body. Massage also promotes an increase of oxygen to the healthy tissue in your body.
Alternative massage has different options for your particular needs and you would be working with a specialized oncology massage therapist who is highly trained in treating cancer patients. Some massage techniques include the most utilized Swedish massage as well as deep tissue massage, neuromuscular and trigger point massage therapy. Some other options not used as often are the Thai, shiatsu and hot stone massage. Although massage therapy is very therapeutic, it is not a cure for the disease.
Studies have shown that alternative massage therapy is beneficial in the reduction of pain, stress, depression, anxiety and fatigue. Massage is meant to make you feel more relaxed with an improved mental well-being. Your doctor and therapists work together on a case-by-case basis to provide you the best alternative method of therapy and medical care for your particular needs. Massage and treatment varies for each specific cancer patient and your type of cancer.
The technique of massage is performed through the process of rubbing, kneading and manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues of the body to promote comfort and inner calm. Different pressures and techniques are used on various parts of the body depending on your particular cancer and severity. The massage manipulation is meant to bring you more relief and peace of mind. Therapist will use their hands, forearms, elbows and massage devices to pinpoint certain areas of the body for increased circulation, release of stress and an overall sense of relaxation.
Research has also found massage to provide an improved immune function while having the ability to increase white blood cells and decreasing the bad. Your therapist is careful in working with you since you are in a fragile condition while recovering. Therapy is meant to help you feel more tranquil while balancing out the stress in your life. While facing these roadblocks in your life, massage can promote an inner sense of well-being for your mind, body and soul.
Guest Writer : Melanie L Bowen, Awareness Advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceMassage Therapy and Cancer: Benefits, Reduces Pain, Fatigue, Stress