- one 60-minute swedish massage
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Oncology Massage: Healing Touch Outside the Hospital
Custom tailored to each patient, oncology massage can assuage a range of physical and mental ailments. Find out more about its benefits with Groupon’s introduction.
For cancer patients, the effects of intensive treatments can sometimes be as difficult to deal with as the disease itself. The combination can be both mentally and physically depleting, which is where oncology massage steps in. The benefits of massage, such as decreasing stress and anxiety, increasing range of motion, and rehabilitating injured muscles, can be especially effective for those suffering from chronic pain due to their illness. Some massage therapists also aim to offset the nausea experienced by many during treatment, or improve sleep patterns. And then there are the less tangible benefits, such as assuaging feelings of isolation and fear through the vehicle of human touch.
Any massage therapist can deliver a relaxing rubdown, but patients affected by cancer should seek out a much more custom treatment. Therapists should not only be well versed in massage technique but have an understanding of the nature of the disease and, of course, be attentive to the condition of each patient. When designing a massage plan for cancer patients and those in remission, therapists must consider essential factors such as blood count, the presence of bone metastases, types of medication, and whether patients are currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. Consequently, one of the major components of oncology massage is a thorough, detailed understanding of each patient’s treatment history. From there, massage therapists may employ a number of modified techniques that borrow from Swedish, myotherapy, and deep-tissue modalities.