Role of Massage in Cancer Treatment Plans

Many physicians recommend that patients with cancer add massage as a complementary therapy to their larger treatment plan. While some people claim that massage can slow or reverse the growth of cancer, scientific evidence has not corroborated this claim. At the same time, massage can dramatically improve a person’s quality of life while undergoing traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Massage has a vital role in managing the side effects of these treatment modalities for a number of patients.

In addition, massage has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as to provide pain relief. After a massage session, many individuals experience a feeling of complete relaxation and well-being. The sensation can be vital to men and women with cancer, especially those undergoing rigorous, draining treatments. Massage may also raise the production of endorphins in the body for a continued elevated mood.

One of the most important forms of therapy for people with cancer is myotherapy, which has strong pain relief properties. Myotherapy involves the identification of trigger points and the use of various techniques, such as deep pressure, to reduce pain and bring relief.