Massage Benefits Cancer Patients

staff article posted June 28, 2015 Last Updated July 20. 2016

Massage benefits cancer patients because the power of touch is universal from birth through out our lives.  Massage has been shown to have a miraculous ability to sooth the individual and calm the side effects of conventional medical treatments. (1)  Cancer patients who have received massage during their medical treatment have indicated that it helps them feel whole again, rebuild hope and simply relax. (2) 

Massage benefits cancer patient because it helps to reduce overall pain, reduces anxiety and depression while boosting energy level. (3)  Patients have stated that massage helps reduce nausea and relaxes them affording a better nights sleep.  The patient recovering from cancer treatment finds that it improves their over all quality of life and improves their mental alertness.

One of the greatest concerns with receiving a massage as a cancer patient is the thought that it may spread cancer via the lymphatic system to other parts of the body.  Recent research has shown that cancer spreads via the development of abnormal cells at the atomic level via changes in DNA (genetic mutations).  The lymphatic system helps to boost natural immunity and massage is beneficial to both the lymphatic system and the individual recovering from cancer treatments.

A review of studies that included the use of Aromatherapy along with massage for cancer patients cross references the results of 10 independent studies.  The studies included the necessary 8 randomized control studies and found that aromatherapy and massage consistently reduced anxiety and depression with consistency. (2)  The review also found patients reported reduction in nausea and pain, but with less consistency than anxiety and depression.

As the list of benefits for massage therapy continues to be validated and redefined.   It is important for us to remember that touch is vital to life.  We receive stimulation from our environment.  This stimulation begins with conception and continues after birth.   The bonds between parents and child provide the most expressive example of the human need for touch.  Follow the link to our home page were we offer a heart warming example of the Power of Touch.

Resources and References

  • (1) Cassileth BR, Vickers AJ. Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer centre. J Pain Symptom Manage 2004 Sep; 28 (3): 244–9.
  • (2) Fellowes D, Barnes K, Wilkinson SSM. Aromatherapy and massage for symptoms relief in patients with cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Iss 4.
  • (3) Stringer J et al. Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin. Psycho-Oncology 2008 Oct; 17 (10): 1024–31.

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Massage therapy, healing touch are good medicine for the treatment and prevention of chronic disease

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(Natural News) Author Mike Adams  As more and more people are discovering, massage therapy and healing touch therapies are proving to be extremely good medicine for treating those with chronic diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and even circulatory disorders. There are several good reasons for this, such as the fact that massage therapy helps move lymph fluid around the body and oxygenate organs and tissues. Plus, there's probably something healthy going on in the fact that human touch is taking place. However, there is a widespread belief, especially among the leaders in Western medicine, that massage therapy can't possibly be considered a medical treatment. Most insurance companies still refuse to pay for massage therapies, and few doctors prescribe it, although the number of doctors recommending it has been increasing over the last few years.

I believe that massage therapy is shunned by the medical community primarily because it is considered an unsophisticated treatment -- you don't need a medical degree to give someone an effective massage. There's not a lot of equipment involved in massage therapy, it doesn't have a lot of cool technology, and it doesn't require years of training. And thus, it is looked upon as something that is below Western medicine, both by doctors and by many patients.

But all of this is a distortion -- something doesn't have to be complicated or cool to be effective as a healing treatment. Massage therapy gets to the fundamentals -- that is, the power of human touch, and the spiritual healing potential of one person's hands touching another person's body along with positive healing intent. These are timeless principles of healing that don't require technology to be effective.

Given that massage therapy and therapeutic touch are so effective in helping patients heal themselves, I find it astounding to observe the lack of physical contact between doctors and their patients in clinics and hospitals across the country. Doctors almost seem scared to touch their patients, and in fact, many doctors don't want to be touched, either. This lack of touch keeps everything at a "safe distance" - it makes their interactions non-personal and sterile. It also allows the doctor to keep patients at a distance, where they can perceive them as patients with patient IDs rather than human beings with souls and spirits and emotions. It is this distance -- this chasm between doctors and patients -- that contributes to the lack of effectiveness in modern medicine.

True healers are willing to get involved with their patients in terms of understanding them, seeing the world from their perspective, and even touching them in a healing way with positive intent. That's why our modern physicians are outstanding technicians, but terrible healers. Personally, I would much rather see a massage therapist than a physician, unless I were suffering from sort of radical, acute injury such as an accident in which case, of course, Western doctors and surgeons are the very best in the world. But when it comes to treating chronic disease and maintaining a high degree of health on a regular basis, massage therapy and healing touch offer an outstanding system of healing that I highly recommend.

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