Massage therapy has become an important part of general healthcare for many people living in today’s stressful world. Cancer patients experience more physical and emotional stress than the average person and that is why we offer massage therapy, free of charge, for all cancer patients who receive care at any of our facilities.
Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue and joints of the body. Massage has many diverse physiological effects, which are primarily due to the therapist moving over the body. The different movements can physically stretch muscles and ligaments and encourage the circulation through the tissue, inhibit muscular spasms and be sedating or stimulating to the nervous system. The therapeutic use of massage by a registered therapist affects all the systems in the body-in particular, the muscular, circulatory, immune and nervous systems.
Our massage therapist performs an initial evaluation for cancer patients who may benefit from our Lymphadema Control Program. The therapist does massage to eliminate excessive swelling in extremities affected by lymph node removal or trauma. He will evaluate and set up a home care plan for the patient to help deal with pain and swelling. Another type of massage beneficial to our patients is scar tissue massage. This technique is used to minimize decrease range of motion and other restrictions of the body due to surgery.
Traditional healthcare systems throughout the world recognize that therapeutic massage can play a large role in treating illness or chronic ailments, and contribute to a higher sense of well-being. With the ever-expanding research on the benefits of medical massage, more professionals are advising patients to include this form of therapy in their healthcare treatment plans.
According to recent studies, massage therapy significantly improves cancer patients’ symptoms, such as pain, nausea, fatigue and depression. It is a non-invasive and inexpensive means of symptom control for patients with serious chronic illnesses. It is comforting, free of side effects and greatly appreciated by recipients.
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