Massage for People Living with CancerNovember 7th, 2012
Living with a diagnosis of cancer can be very difficult and stressful. Your oncologist deals with the physical aspect of your disease, but what about the fear, anxiety and side effects from chemotherapy, radiation and medications? Massage therapy provided by a therapist educated in the special bodywork needs of the person living with cancer can help them cope with these issues and more.
Oncology massage therapy utilizes a lighter touch. The point of the massage is to nurture and comfort, not to “fix” anything. Blood counts, risk of lymphedema, ports, recent surgeries, catheters or ostomy bags are all taken into consideration.
Potential benefits of oncology massage include:
-increases relaxation and energy
-encourages deeper respiration
-improves bowel activity
-increases mental alertness & clarity
-provides pain relief, reducing the need for pain medicaiton
-decreases symptoms related to chemo & radition, such as fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, constipation & loss of appetite
The client can come away from the session feeling relaxed, and as they relax, the pain, nausea and fatigue may have diminished. For a moment the touch can help the person living with cancer feel whole again.
Vicki Feit is Licensed in massage therapy,certified since 1979. Worked through the years in a small private practice in Toledo while raising a family and working full time. In 2007 Vicki had an epiphany that led her to enrolling in a local massage school, and obtaining her license with the Ohio State Medical Board. She is certified in oncology massage therapy, and is clinically certified in aromatherapy. In April, 2011, UT Physicians hired her as a massage therapist. She was thrilled to land this position. Vicki has always had a passion for customer service, and this is the ultimate service-to help people feel better through touch applied with intelligence, control & purpose.
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