Oncology Massage: Time varies for client needs – Cost: £35
It is often said that Cancer is a contraindication to massage – but this is mainly based on fear and lack of knowledge.
The evidence does not support the theory that massage is or can be harmful. It appears to be a misconception based on fear. As a Level 5 Therapist with also a post graduate diploma in Oncology Massage, I can say this is not the case. Adapted massage has many benefits, which are supported by evidence and research as well as anecdotal experiences.
Summary of the benefits of massage to those going through treatment for cancer
- Reduced anxiety, depressed mood and anger in breast cancer patients
- Increased vigor (breast cancer patients)
- Reduced mood disturbances and perceived stress levels
- Improved sleep quality
- Improved quality of life (breast cancer patients)
- Reduced pain and improvement of mood, reduced stress levels
- Reduced perception of pain, nausea and increased relaxation after 10 minute (5 minute per foot) foot massage
- Pain intensity, pulse rate, and respiratory rate significantly reduced immediately after the massages. At study entry, the massage group reported higher pain intensity, which decreased by 42% (25% reduction in the control group).
- Reduced anxiety scores, depression, general fatigue, reduced motivation fatigue, and emotional fatigue
- Reduced depression and improved sleep
- Reduced heart rate and lower blood pressure
- Decrease in physical discomfort, group fatigue, and mood disturbance. The effect of massage on mood disturbances was greater when treated continuously by the same therapist.
- Reduced depression and hostility, increased urinary dopamine, serotonin values, natural killer cell number and lymphocytes in breast cancer patients
- Reduced mood disturbances and perceived stress levels (breast cancer patients)