As more and more people turn to massage therapy for health and medical reasons, research continues to support the use of massage therapy to help minimize the side effects of cancer treatment. These side effects can include pain, fatigue, nausea, sleep problems and more. In the Longboat Key area, many cancer patients are finding relief of these side effects at the Gabriel Center for Massage Therapy.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, there is research, that massage therapy shows promise for reducing pain intensity/severity, fatigue and anxiety for patients suffering from cancer.
Research also concludes that massage therapy can be beneficial for helping depression/mood disorders in cancer patients, as well as helping chemotherapy-related nausea.
Light, relaxing massage can safely be given to people at all stages of cancer. The best type of massage will vary depending on your symptoms and your cancer treatment. Gentle massage is tolerated by most people with cancer, and is sufficient to release “endorphins,” the “feel good” chemicals released by the brain that can reduce pain. For those who have muscle tightness and stiffness, stronger methods of massage may be used after being cleared with your treating physician.
Traditional treatments ranging from surgery to immunotherapy are the mainstay of treating cancer. Massage therapy should only be used in conjunction and with permission from your treating physician. If you live in or around the Longboat Key area, contact Gabriel Center for more information on how we can help alleviate some of your symptoms.
Gabriel Center for Massage Therapy and Wellness
Contact The Gabriel Center for Wellness in the Sarasota area to find out about massage therapy and its many benefits for patients with cancer. Call us at (941) 954-0300.
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