The benefits of a good massage are so profound that they are now also being used regularly to help cancer patients. Although cancer may seem like the worst thing that can happen to you, you need to look for ways to bring back the life in you and keep your hopes high to keep fighting this painful disease. Although a massage cannot help you in the same way as a chemo session or a surgery, it can help reduce the symptoms of the treatment and the disease itself.
Why should cancer patients get a massage?
As I have already mentioned that a massage helps elevate the pain caused by chemo therapies and the disease itself it can be highly beneficial for the patients. Other than healing their body and elevating their pain, it also helps treat them mentally by helping them relax and lifting their spirits. A good massage can go a long way in relieving them of stress and depression that the cancer causes them. Some people worry that massaging the muscles might spread the disease but rest assured that it will not spread cancer. There is solid research to support that a massage will not spread the disease.
How does a massage help them?
There are many studies to support that a massage can benefit cancer patients who are undergoing chemo sessions and surgeries. Of course everybody understands that a massage cannot take away the cancerous cells unfortunately but what it can do is that it can reduce the effects that the chemo and surgery causes them. Other than relieving much if not all of your stress and depression, it will also relieve you of the pain that you are experiencing in different parts of your body, make you feel more alive and active and treat nausea. With all these painful symptoms reduced by such a great degree, the patient will definitely be able to sleep better and regain some of the hope that the cancer took from them.
Although we highly recommend massage therapies for cancer patients, they should always consult their doctor before using a massage chair or accepting services from a massage therapist. If you have had a surgery very recently or are being treated with radiation, it could be risky for some of the patients. There are risks of experiencing infection because of the lower count of white blood cells after chemotherapy, fracture if the cancer has spread to the bones and bruising on the skin. In order to avoid all of these risks, it is best to consult a doctor and only if the doctor raises a green flag, should you go ahead and start your massage therapy.
How to start your massage session:
Since most cancer patients will find it hard to regularly visit a spa in order to get a massage, it is best to keep a good massage chair in the house where they can enjoy a relaxing and comfortable time whenever they want to.