Cancer is not only physically challenging, but causes psychological and emotional trauma as well. Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, they may be taking medication several times each day. While medication helps with internal treatment, complementary medicine such as acupuncture and massage therapy have shown to reduce the stress of going through such daunting experience. Here are five benefits of massage therapy to cancer patients:
Stress Reduction – Massage therapy is well-known stress reliever, however it is especially therapeutic for patients going through a traumatic, exhausting experience such as cancer.
Pain Reduction – Studies have shown that cancer patients who receive massage therapy are more likely to suffer less from pain, inflammation, muscle spasms and stress than patients who do not receive massage therapy.
Increased Blood Circulation – Massage therapy improves blood flow throughout the patient’s body thereby helping the cancer patient to respond faster to medication. While improved blood flow does speed up recovery, a skilled massage therapist knows how to avoid areas with bruising or inflammation to reduce further pain.
Improved Sleeping Patters – As the body relaxes, the mind becomes calmer, allowing for patients to get more quality sleep which further assists in recovery.
Finding A Balance – Holistic modalities such as massage therapy operate on the principle of achieving the balance between the mind, body and spirit. Skilled massage therapists are able to provide the patient with the physical relief they need, while paying attention to the mindset and overall wellbeing of the patient. Furthermore, licensed massage therapists often refer their patients to other holistic practitioners such as licensed Acupuncturists if they feel that their patient will benefit from it.