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The 7 Great Benefits of Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients
(Posted in English on 2013-05-03)
The full text and much more on massage therapy is available at WhatNext.com:

https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/how-does-therapeutic-massage-benefit-cancer-patients

The 7 Great Benefits of Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

1. Massage Assists Anxiety and Depression. Did you know that cancer patients have nearly twice the risk of developing psychiatric distress compared to the general population? Not surprising, is it? Studies indicate that massage therapy greatly assists anxiety and depression - most patients reported being less anxious when receiving regular massage, especially the anxiety before any major tests, uncomfortable procedures and interventions, such as surgery. Massage has such calming effects on the nervous system.

2. Massage Improves Quality of Sleep. My clients tell me that massage improves their energy level and helps them sleep better, and cancer patients in treatment are no exception. Good quality sleep can be particularly difficult to attain during cancer treatments (was it just me or did others find that chemotherapy revved up their brain to a huge degree?). Cancer fatigue is a common complaint among cancer patients and at least one study shows that massage therapy assists sleep. 

3. Massage Eases Pain. Let’s face it – if you’re going through chemotherapy, you likely have lots more pain in your body. I remember feeling like an ancient old lady when chemotherapy was busy drying up my estrogen-making ability. Estrogen has protective benefits for our joints and I could hardly kneel or get up from the floor once chemotherapy commenced. Prior to this I was an active participant in yoga, I did lots of hiking, I was very fit prior to my breast cancer diagnosis. Massage therapy helps to ease the pain of cancer treatments, and in some cases, relieves it entirely. 

4. Massage Helps Ease Nausea. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. I suspect that its calming effects on the nervous system are why it helps, but for myself personally I found that the gentle, relaxing manipulation of muscles and connective tissue eased not only my body but also any nausea I had.

5. Massage Helps Reduce Scarring and Adhesions. When your surgical scars have healed, massage therapy is great to reduce any adhesions that may occur. Adhesions are the result of abnormal wound healing between adjacent tissues following a surgical procedure. Usually due to surgical trauma, the body can initiate a complex inflammatory response in which tissues that normally remain separated in the body become physically attached to each other. Surgical adhesions can cause a great deal of dysfunction and pain and massage therapy can reduce the inflammation, increase circulation, and effectively deal with adhesions. 

6. Massage Boosts Immunity. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported that a single massage produced measurable changes in the immune system and endocrine system of healthy adults. Click here to read the article.

7. Massage Just Plain Feels Good! There are no words to describe (but I’ll take a stab at it) how wonderful it is to stretch out on a warmed table, be covered with clean linens, soft music playing in the background, and having your aches and pains massaged away. For me, it is as essential as eating well, exercising, and meditation. Massage therapy keeps me thriving.



(25) More recent news:

Online scheduling tools for massage therapists
(Posted in English on 2013-08-14)

There are about 160 types of massage therapy practiced today
(Posted in English on 2013-06-03)

The 7 Great Benefits of Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients
(Posted in English on 2013-05-03)

Formation en massage 1000 heures - Spécial de mars 2013: 6000$ au lieu de 8000$, à Saint-Sauveur
(Communication en Francais du 2013-03-19)

Open House, Montreal, from February 15-17, 2013.
(Posted in English on 2013-02-10)

Les activités du 27 janvier au 10 février 2013 (Alchymed)
(Communication en Francais du 2013-01-25)

7 reasons why Massage Therapists should care about Linked In
(Posted in English on 2013-01-18)

Les activités du 9 au 23 décembre 2012
(Communication en Francais du 2012-12-06)

About the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba, since 1973
(Posted in English on 2012-12-05)

Sequoia Records is a great source of music that is expanding the boundaries of New Age Music in areas such as: Relaxation, Spa, Yoga, Wellness, Celtic , World, Lounge
(Posted in English on 2012-11-01)

Activités du 28 octobre au 11 novembre 2012, diverses régions du Québec
(Communication en Francais du 2012-10-25)

Sunrise equipment therapy - massage tables, oils and more
(Posted in English on 2012-10-25)

Activités à surveiller (Octobre 2012)
(Communication en Francais du 2012-10-23)

Massage Therapist Suggestions
(Posted in English on 2012-08-03)

Comment from a member on massage techniques
(Posted in English on 2012-08-03)

Massage promotional tips and suggestions for growing clientele base
(Posted in English on 2012-08-03)

Building your cilent base and private practice instead of working in a spa - challenges and tips
(Posted in English on 2012-08-03)

20%-30% off - ends July 26th 2012 (StudioBliss - Montreal)
(Posted in English on 2012-07-22)

Le Rendez-Vous 2012: 3 jours d’activités spéciales - 29 juin au 2 juillet
(Communication en Francais du 2012-06-12)

Présentation : Le Collège des Orthothérapeutes Professionnels du Québec est un organisme à but non lucratif ayant pour objectifs
(Communication en Francais du 2011-10-01)

Which Canadian provinces are regulated and which provinces are not?
(Posted in English on 2011-08-30)

Positive Review from Association SCMMAC
(Posted in English on 2011-06-27)

Why are the images on the front page distorted?
(Posted in English on 2011-04-16)

TIPs for keeping your email address away from spammers:
(Posted in English on 2011-03-09)

Member Therapists - Automatically generate your own mailing lists
(Posted in English on 2011-03-09)