What Is Massage Therapy And What Are Its Benefits For Cancer

Massage for Cancer Patients

Massage therapy is a hundred year old technique involves massaging and manipulating body muscles as well as rubbing, or stroking your soft tissues of the body. There are many benefits of massage therapy. It is considered a kind complementary therapy, often known as alternative therapy. Though doctors believe this type of complementary or alternative therapies are not used in lieu of cancer treatments, such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or other drug therapy. While some questions can come up in your mind when you think massage benefits or massage for cancer patients that we will discuss here in this article.

Benefits of Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

It is true that benefits of massage are many, and it is good for cancer patients, due to the reason most of the patients’ party these days provide massage for cancer patients. But it should be noted that only massage does not treat the cancer itself, but it can help reduce pain and the side effects that generally caused by conventional cancer treatments. Massage can improve quality of life as well as mental wellbeing, this is also true for cancer patient.

Some of the common questions come up in mind when we discuss about massage therapy benefits and massage therapy for cancer, such questions are:

  • Ø Why do most of the people with cancer try massage therapy?
  • Ø What are the benefits of massage?
  • Ø Is massage really safe for people suffering from cancer?
  • Ø Where can a cancer patient have massage therapy?
  • Ø Any research into massage therapy benefits for people suffering from cancer?

To answer the above questions you should consult with your massage therapist, or you can ask your physician/doctor what are the benefits of massage therapy and how it helps reduce pain of cancer patients.

Main Reasons Cancer Patients Use Massage

There can be many reasons cancer patients use massage therapy, but the main reason is relieving pain, mental agony and improve the quality of life. It helps cancer patients feel good. It is nothing but a way that helps them feel they are improving. Massage for cancer patients is promoted as a natural healing to help them relax and cope with other things, such as:

  • Ø Stress
  • Ø Anxiety
  • Ø Headache
  • Ø Pain
  • Ø Depression

Generally, massage therapy can help cancer patients lift their mood, improve their sleep as well as enhance their well being. There is no scientific evidence to help support these benefits that massage therapy can really treat cancer patients, but it can help reducing anxiety, headache, pain and stress. In most of the developed countries massage is generally used to help people or cancer patients feel better as well as reduce some symptoms of cancer and some of the side effects of cancer treatment.

You can read Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Amatsu, Swedish massage, Trigger point massage and other popular therapy and the overall benefits of massage therapy for health and wellbeing. Though continuous studies and research have been doing on massage benefits and cancer patients, trial have been carried out to know if massage is really helpful for people who are suffering for different stages of cancer.

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About the Author: Kabbyik

Kabbyik Mitra, a voracious reader and health writer. He is a health & lifestyle journalist. Kabbyik is a yoga enthusiast practicing yoga for last 7-year. He is a certified yoga therapist, a science writer, communicator and journalist. He has been practicing yoga and training people to live a healthy and happy life. Get in touch with him via email: yogatoall2016@gmail.com for any yoga related queries.