Greetings folks. Today I have a guest post for you from Melanie Bowen. Melanie Bowen joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in the USA in 2011 as an awareness advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness. Melanie also assists in social media outreach in her efforts to spread awareness. What follows is a great article about using massage therapy for helping cancer patients. I am posting this guest article as a show of support to those suffering this disease and to help inform people of how I and other complimentary therapists may be able to assist. Enjoy!
Massage therapy is becoming recognized as a complimentary therapy for cancer patients. Massage therapy is not used in the same way chemotherapy is since it is not a cure for cancer; it is simply a well being therapy that may relieve cancer patients of cancer symptoms and treatment side effects. Cancer patients often find massage therapy calming and helpful for both their physical and mental well-being.
Many patients do not have a full understanding of what massage therapy is, how it can benefit cancer patients, and any cautions about the therapy treatments. With a little further reading, these questions can find consolable answers.
Massage therapy is basically a well being therapy method of rubbing and soothing skin and muscles in a relaxing way to give a person a sense of overall well-being. Massage therapy goes deeper than a simple shoulder rub. Massage therapy relaxes muscles and brings the body into a more natural state of health, keeping the mind and body healthy.
Massage therapy techniques and forms are numerous. Cancer patients may choose from a plethora of massage therapy forms including aromatherapy massage, deep tissue massage, and Swedish massage. Deep tissue massage helps best with chronic pain after cancer treatments are over. Aromatherapy massage uses the healing and calming affects of gentle scents to accommodate the sense of healing massage therapy brings. Swedish massage is a general-purpose massage that originated in Sweden, as its name states.
Research has shown massage therapy may be beneficial to every type of cancer patient for increasing both physical and mental health. From those with breast cancer to those with mesothelioma, massage therapy has proven to be beneficial. Massage therapy has shown signs of improving circulation, decreasing swelling and inflammation, and relieving muscle soreness. In some patients, it has also lowered the stress hormone level in the blood. It has also helped patients find a more relaxing state of mind, released endorphins in the body that relieve pain, and distracted patients from pain. Mentally, it allows patients to focus on a calming experience that leaves both the mind and body with a healing feeling.
Massage therapy may also be therapeutic for cancer survivors. It has been proven to improve sleep, lessen fatigue, and decrease stress, anxiety, and depression.
Cancer patients who wish to start massage therapy should talk with their oncologist about how it can specifically benefit them. This is especially necessary for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatments, radiation therapy, or recent surgery. Cancer patients meet a few risks when choosing massage therapy. They may face slight bruising, skin breakdown, or infection due to low white blood cell count. Some patients may face the risk of fracture if they have bone metastases or take medicine that weakens bones. General risks include an allergic reaction to oils or lotions used during the treatments.
If an oncologist decides massage therapy could be beneficial to the patient, the patient should ask about massage therapists available at closest cancer institution. Give your mind, body and spirit a vacation from some of life’s everyday stressors and get out there and experience a massage!Disclaimer: Neither Craig Hitchens Therapies or Melanie Bowen claim to be able to MEDICALLY diagnose or treat illness or disease. This article is no way claiming to be able to cure cancer. It is for informational purposes only.