Three More Reasons to Get a Massage During Cancer Treatment
7. Massage improves concentration
8. Massage Increases circulation
9. Massage reduces the frequency of headaches
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy manipulates the muscles, tendons and connective tissue to help balance the central nervous system. By increasing blood flow, massage can help clear any cellular waste that is causing the receptors in the tissue to become more sensitive and therefore more painful. Massage releases endorphins, the body’s own pain killers, while enhancing the ability of joints to move freely.
One benefit of massage is that it brings a feeling of well-being and relaxation which can help with the stress, anxiety or even depression associated with dealing with cancer treatment. Massage increases the body’s production of endorphins which elevate mood and flushes the waste product, lactic acid, out of muscles.
Massage also relieves pain and stiffness, increases mobility and reduces pain.
The National Cancer Institute found that more than half of their cancer centers offer massage as an adjunct to traditional treatment especially for those patients who suffer from fatigue.
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Excess tension in muscles causing pain.
Restricted blood flow which delays healing.
Restricted range of motion in the joints limiting activity.
Compression of structures upon nerves causing sharp pain.
Postural distortion caused by overuse of muscles on one side, and underuse on the other.
Referred pain where trigger points of high electrical activity sends pain to other areas of the body.
While the surgeon, the oncologist, the hematologist and the radiation therapist will deal with your cancer directly, a whole body approach may be the best option for survival. Massage reduces stress and stress hormones which impede recovery.
Massage reduces pain and minimizes the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Massage can help relieve the nausea associated with chemotherapy and radiation. Massage also increases blood flow which makes chemotherapy more effective. The American Cancer Society views massage as an important complementary therapy for cancer patients.
Massage can help minimize scar tissue formation after surgery. Massage can help prevent lymphedema, a painful swelling of the limbs common in breast cancer patients. Massage can improve range of motion and keep the skin healthy after radiation treatments. Massage can also help relieve the overall fatigue that many cancer patients experience during therapy.
More and more people are surviving cancer and the physicians who treat cancer patients are realizing that massage can have a beneficial effect on the overall well being of their patients, during treatment and after.