MASSAGE THERAPY FOR THOSE LIVING WITH CANCER

massage therapy for those living with cancer

Oncology massage is massage therapy for people that are going through cancer treatment as well as those with a history of cancer. Each treatment is designed around the specific needs of the client. Modifications to pressure, treatment length and site restrictions for bone metastases, medical equipment and fragile skin are used to ensure treatment is safe for anyone. Positioning modifications are also made depending on what each clients needs to be comfortable and how mobile he or she is.

There are many benefits to having massage therapy while in treatment, be it chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety, pain, and immobility caused by scarring from surgery. It has also been shown to help improve a person’s appetite and range of motion. There are also emotional benefits to massage therapy including decreased anxiety, improved body image and decreased depression, to name a few.

I have taken oncology massage courses that examine metastasis, symptom relief, safety essentials, unstable tissue, and documentation as well as hands on treatments of people recovering from cancer and the treatments involved. I have also studied myofascial release and scar massage.

I am available to do onsite massage therapy for clients that have mobility issues and can’t make it into the clinic. Send me a message to see if I travel to your area.

If you have any questions regarding oncology massage therapy feel free to contact me by e-mail at massage@daniellepratt.ca.

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