Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatments.
Anyone who has ever received cancer treatments are best served by a therapist who has received training in oncology massage.
Essentials aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s skills are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body: The side effects of cancer treatments through medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The therapist has the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt to these side effects.
Oncology Massage improves the quality of life for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer.
It reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatment of cancer and the symptoms of the disease process itself.
Patients of OM are often pleasantly surprised by the depth of relaxation, improved energy levels, improved sleep, relief from nausea, pain, dry mouth, memory problems.
International research reports:
47% improvement in pain level
42% improvement in fatigue levels
59% improvement in anxiety levels
51% improvement in nausea levels
48% improvement in reports of depression
(Ref: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre NY, 2004)