Massage Therapy and Cancer

Cancer can be a scary and stressful thing, whether it’s you or someone you love. There are tons of resources out there to help you through the journey. Massage Therapy can be one tool to help. It can be a bit tricky to study and massage research is still in it’s early stages but research suggests several potential benefits of massage for people with cancer.

The evidence is fairly strong (1) that Massage Therapy:

  • effectively complements pain medications to treat pain in cancer patients.
  • can reduce anxiety.

There is anecdotal evidence(1) (meaning based on personal stories and case studies, not systematic research) that is not supported by research (due to conflicting results or lack of research/ too little research) claiming that Massage Therapy:

  • can help reduce nausea.
  • decreases cancer-related fatigue.
  • can improve sleep.
  • can decrease depression.
  • reduces the length of hospital stays.

All of these things can lead to better quality of life. Want to see if Massage Therapy can help you? Have any questions? Contact me.  As a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) with advanced training in Oncology Massage I can customize your massage so it is safe and effective no matter where you are in your cancer treatment or recovery.

(1) MacDonald, Gayle. (2014). Touch- Rx for Body, Mind, and Heart: A Review of the Research in Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer: p 26-54. Scotland, UK: Findhorn Press.