How oncology massage helps cancer patients | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
 In Lifehouse News

Gentle touch has been shown to help alleviate pain, nausea, depression, anxiety, fatigue and other side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Oncology massage therapists at the Lifehouse LivingRoom are experienced practitioners who have undertaken specialised training. They understand the side effects of cancer treatments and can identify any medical reasons a patient should not undertake a particular treatment. They are trained to observe strict precautions in relation to pressure, speed and duration to ensure safety and the best outcome from each treatment. Patients can access their services before, during or after treatment.

Here are some of the ways patients can benefit from oncology massage:

  • Scars which patients have received after surgery or radiation can feel fibrotic, tight and uncomfortable and this may lead to restricted range of movement and pain. Oncology massage therapists work with scars and surrounding fascia to improve the health of the scar tissue.
  • Some patients have compromised lymphatic systems as a result of surgery or radiation treatment.  The lymphatic system is part of the immune system and is responsible for fluid transport within the body. Some patients will experience lymphoedema (or swelling) in parts of the body where fluid has collected. Oncology massage therapists can offer manual lymphatic draining and can adapt the massage to patients with compromised lymphatic systems.
  • Constipation is a common side effect of chemotherapy which skilled abdominal massage can be effective at relieving.
  • They can teach patients self-massage techniques.
  • Massage helps patients relax and can improve sleep, mental clarity and alertness.

For more information on oncology massage at Lifehouse, please visit our website: http://www.mylifehouse.org.au/services/complementary-therapy/oncology-massage/

If you would like to make an appointment or find out more, please email livingroom@lh.org.au or call 8514 0038.

For information on research on the benefits of oncology massage, visit the Cancer Council NSW website.

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