What we will cover in this article
- What is Oncology Massage?
- How is Oncology Massage different from other types of Massages?
- 5 Types of People who need an Oncology Massage
- How Can Oncology Massage of the Carolinas Help me?
What is Oncology Massage?
Define it Here
How is an Oncology Massage different from other types of massages?
List the other types of massages and why they are different or could hurt you if you have one…etc.
Ho5 Types of People Who Need an Oncology Massage.
1. Diagnosis of Cancer
The body is changing in response to the cancer. An oncology massage therapist can advise and immediately adapt your massage to your new condition. One example may be having a metal marker under your skin indicated where a biopsy was taken. Additional cushioning may be needed for the massage.
2. Treatment for Cancer
Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and even immunotherapy frequently result in side effects for the patient. Oncology massage therapists are trained to safely massage after surgery, and during and after other treatments. You may receive a lighter touch massage while immunocompromised, or certain areas avoided, such as radiation burns. Most massage therapists are not knowledgeable about the adaptations needed for people while they are in treatment. Learn More About Massages for Cancer Patients
3. Cancer Survivor
Wonderful! Out of treatment for a few months or a few years, but there may be lingering side effects of treatment, such as risk of lymphedema, neuropathy, scarring, bone fragility, or other changes that occurred either from the cancer or the treatment. The oncology massage therapist is familiar with the short- and long-term side effects, and will adapt your massage accordingly.
4. Hospice/End of Life/Palliative Care
The need for touch is life-long, and a gentle, loving massage, or even just gentle holds and being present, is often a comfort at the end of life. Oncology massage therapists often stay with their clients, transferring care from the massage office to the client’s home to provide comfort care. Learn more about Hospice/End of Life/Palliative Care
While this group does not necessarily need the specialized massage skills of an oncology massage therapist, they may wish to use the same person for their own care, as that therapist will have a greater understanding of, and compassion for their role as caregivers.
So in review:
anyone who has ever had a diagnosis and treatment for cancer would benefit from consulting with a massage therapist trained in oncology massage before going to/or going back to your regular massage therapist. Oncology massage is a regular massage that is modified for any immediate, short term or long term side effects of cancer treatment. It usually feels more relaxing and restorative than a deep tissue massage. The oncology massage therapist has a body of knowledge about cancer, cancer treatments, side effects and how to modify the massage using critical thinking skills. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns!
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