The Positive Effects of Massage Therapy on Cancer Patients and Survivors

By Melanie Bowen

Who doesn’t love getting a massage? It’s no secret that while there are many health benefits associated with massage, bottom line they simply feel amazing. The fact that massage is so relaxing and feels great is often the only reason that people need to book an appointment; however, massages can have numerous health perks that are something to keep in mind.

People who are battling cancer or who have recently combated cancer often need to turn to treatments that will help them heal. Everything from medication to exercise and massage therapy can help them throughout their recovery. While massage feels satisfying for people who are in good health and physically fit, it can be even more rewarding for people who’s bodies have been under a mass amount of stress or in pain.

There are so many benefits to massage therapy for cancer patients. It can reduce stress and anxiety and help patients unwind. It can boost the immune system, helping harmful toxins leave the body. Massage therapy can also help patients with any kind of cancer, from breast cancer, mesothelioma, or even individuals with poor blood circulation. Massage has potential to restore energy, reduce pain and minimize the negative effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

People who experience more specific and severe issues can find relief through massage as well. Massage therapy is used to treat the following conditions:

•           Muscle and joint pain and stiffness
•           Problems with mobility
•           Injured muscles
•           Headaches
•           Backaches

Even better than the physical benefits are the emotional and psychological benefits. When patients receive a massage, they become more aware of their bodies and how they’re feeling. They can focus on the areas that need healing and direct their attention to these parts of their body. Massage therapy is also a holistic approach to relieving depression, which is an issue that many people who have dealt with cancer face. Massage can release endorphins, which in turn promote a good mood.

It’s important to understand that holistic remedies alone will not treat or cure cancer. However, massage therapy can be used in conjunction with traditional treatments to help alleviate the many side effects of cancer and cancer treatments. While massage therapy is not a cure for cancer, it can greatly benefit cancer patients and promote well-being.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and find your serenity and give your mind, body and spirit a vacation from some of life’s trials and tribulations through massage therapy!

Do you have someone in your life that is dealing with a chronic condition?  Please let us know if and how you think massage would benefit them.

Special thanks to Melanie for this wonderful submission!

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