Friday, 28 August 2015

Oncology Massage

Oncology massage is a special type of massage developed specifically for cancer patients. Cancer patients have certain unique health needs which must be addressed in massage sessions to ensure that the massage is productive and not harmful to the patient. Cancer patients are at risk for lymphedema, a condition caused by a buildup of fluid in the limbs, and a massage could also potentially break up cancerous tumors and cause them to spread in the body, making the cancer worse. 

Cancer patients often experience feelings of isolation which can be alleviated through touch. They are also under high amounts of stress and strain, and massage can help ease stress. Reductions in stress levels have been shown to be beneficial to the immune system, so a properly performed oncology massage can actually be extremely beneficial for a patient, strengthening his or her body for the fight against the cancer.

In a typical oncology massage, the patient may be nude or clothed, depending on personal comfort. He or she is helped onto a warmed and padded massage table, and covered in sheets and blankets to keep the body warm and comfortable during the massage. As the massage therapist works, he or she exposes just the part of the body being worked on, and very gentle touch is used. Smooth, flowing strokes and gentle circular motions are used, with the level of touch being extremely light. At any signs of discomfort, the pressure is decreased, or the massage therapist may move to another section of the body.

No comments:

Post a Comment