Massage as a Complement to Cancer Treatment

Massage as a Complement to Cancer Treatment

Cancer is a dangerous, dangerous disease. It is deadly if not treated, and damaging even when treated, promising life- long issues to those who have contracted it. The thing that makes it so vile is the fact that under this condition, the human body is basically at war with itself. Over production of unnecessary cells in the body harms the existing ones, making life difficult to sustain. However, modern medicine and science and developed several new formalisms that help tackle the situation. Contemporary research and methodologies have increased the chances of survival of cancer patients. But when one thinks of the treatment of cancer, one immediately pictures unpleasant medicines, operations and chemo therapies. While these are necessary and have their own importance, it has been recently discovered that massage therapy is one of the highly efficient means of dealing with cancer. It is a complementary procedure that helps lower stress, eases tension and makes one relax, all of which are very important when it comes to battling with cancer. The article below identifies some of the massages that are given to patients, and also a few advantages of the procedure:

1. Swedish Massage:

Massage as a Complement to Cancer Treatment - Swedish MassageThis special type of massage method is most widely practiced in Canada to relieve tight and stiff muscles of their agony. The masseuse uses long strokes, pressure and stretches to ease the pain and stiffness.

2. Deep Tissue Massage:

Massage as a Complement to Cancer Treatment - Deep Tissue Massage

This is a very popular massage technique. As the name suggests, this treatment is especially designed to target the deep tissue area of muscles. Specifically helpful when the patient’s muscles have become tight or knotted, the massage’s technique of stroking and finger pressure ensures that the issue has been eased.

3. Myotherapy:

Massage as a Complement to Cancer Treatment - Myotherapy

Although known to be a little painful during the process, the result of myotherapy is nevertheless very extremely rewarding. We all know about trigger points/ pressure points that are there in our bodies. These spots are those where the muscles are tight and/ or knotted to the extent that they become painful or restrictive of movement. However, same are the spots, if massaged correctly, relax the body to huge extents in a matter of minutes. This massage therapy includes a variety of strokes and focused pressure.

4. Reflexology:

Massage as a Complement to Cancer Treatment - ReflexologyThis massage is based on the theory that each part of one’s body is reflected by specific points on his/ her feet. Building on this, the massage therapists use pressure strokes on selected, targeted areas on the feet to ease energy flow, and to relax the body also.

5. Oncology Massage:

Massage as a Complement to Cancer Treatment - Oncology Massage

This massage has no specific form or strategy. It is altered, depending on the patient, and the type of cancer treatment he/ she is undergoing, to suit the patient’s needs best.

While there is no certain evidence that shows for sure that massage can be independently and alone be used to treat cancer, it sure has its perks. It is a great complementary tool to help cancer patients suffering from hypertension, stiffness, soreness, fatigue. Stress is one of the things that those who have contracted the disease face. Due to the relaxing processes, improved blood circulation, eased knots in the muscles, toned down muscle soreness, the general well- being of the patient improves drastically. A certain massage called Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is very efficient in reducing the swelling that follows from lymphedema, in women with breast cancer. Also, it is shown to be great for those who suffer from insomnia, as a relaxed body ensures a deep sleep. Not only this, but also the sleep quality improves dramatically and so does the feeling of nausea.Being able to feel well is one of the most important things during cancer treatment.