How Massage Benefits Those With Cancer
Incorporating healthy and therapeutic practices with your traditional cancer treatments can be one of the best ways for you to feel better and more relaxed. You may not have even known that massage is one of the best alternative therapies that cancer patients can benefit from. While massage does not cure cancer, it can be coupled with your regular treatment to give you amazing results.
First, you should familiarize yourself with the benefits ofmassage and how you can begin to incorporate it into your life if you are currently dealing with breast, colon, mesothelioma, leukemia or another type of cancer.
To begin, massage has a variety of benefits that can truly help you to feel better over time. First, massage relaxes muscles and tired joints. This is a great therapy for cancer patients who are simply exhausted after they seek traditional cancer treatment. The treatment itself may leave you feeling drained and in pain. Massage can help to ease the body out of this pain so that you feel more relaxed. You will notice a greater sense of wellbeing and a quicker healing time between treatments.
One of the better benefits of massage is its ability to control and reduce stress. There is no better way to control your stress levels than by going for a relaxing massage at a time that is convenient to you. As a cancer patient, you are probably already familiar with the stress and anger that comes along with your medical ailment. There is no easier way to reduce this stress than by incorporating therapeutic massage into your life. You should always go for a massage if you are feeling stressed or are achy all over your body.
The first step to incorporating massage into your weekly regimen is to speak with both your doctor and a local massage therapist. Your doctor will recommend a massage and will advise you on which type to get. ** In certain cases, the doctor may not recommend massage because of a particular treatment that you are going through. Next, you will want to set up an appointment with a local massage therapist to have your first session done.
It is vital that you explain to the therapist that you are a cancer patient and need to be treated differently. The therapist will then be able to decide on a massage according to your current state of health. Controlling stress and reducing muscle aches are all benefits of massage. You will find that your sense of wellbeing is heightened and enables you to simply feel better each and every day.
You should speak with your doctor to see if massage therapy is right for you and whether or not you should schedule an appointment with a therapist in the area. From there, you simply need to lie back and relax while getting a pampering massage that is sure to leave you feeling your best and helping in your recovery. Give your mind, body and spirit a vacation from some of life’s everyday stressors and go out there and get a massage today to get you feeling on the right track!
By Melanie L. Bowen
** I would like to add to this article a little more, since I have been touched so close by this situation. I had the opportunity to work on my sister that had leukemia. She was in so much pain after the treatments and massage helped her tremendously, not only with the physical pain , but to relax her and feel more at peace. Sometimes it might not be possible to have a full body massage since the radiations and chemotherapy might leave your body to vulnerable and sensitive, and the lymphatic system should not be stimulated too much until the doctor gives the authorization for a full body massage. But there are some other therapies that are not that invasive but very helpful overall, like for example: Cranio Sacral Therapy, Reiki and Reflexology.