Cancer and Massage – Jun 2020

I love researching how massage is so beneficial to people’s lives. I have touched on many specific diseases that receiving regular massages helps with, such as arthritis and diabetes. As with many diseases there are many complementary therapies for people with cancer such as massage, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, to name just a few. The purpose of a complementary therapy is to help improve your overall health and well-being.

The Canadian Cancer Society states; Massage therapy is the treatment of the muscles and soft tissues in your body. It can help lower stress, ease tension in your muscles and make you feel more relaxed. Massage therapy is one of the most popular complementary therapies used by people living with cancer. There is evidence that massage therapy helps people with cancer physically and emotionally, and it can improve their quality of life. People often use massage therapy to help reduce muscle soreness and stiffness. It can also help reduce pain (such as headaches and low back pain), anxiety and stress. It improves circulation and promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being. Studies have shown that massage therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue and depression. It can also help with problems sleeping (insomnia), improve sleep quality and reduce nausea. Some people might worry that massage in the area of a tumour can increase the flow of blood and lymph fluid, causing cancer cells to break away and travel to other parts of the body. Recent evidence suggests that the speed of blood or lymph fluid circulation has nothing to do with the spread of cancer cells. Massage therapy is safe for people with cancer.

It’s always important to talk to your doctor and to tell your massage provider that you have cancer. There are many different types of massage to choose from. Creative Wellness Solutions provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used.

Creative Wellness Solutions has had to suspend services due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While BC has commenced with Phase 2 of its reopening plan, we are hoping for the best and, like everyone, we are looking forward to getting back to normal as soon as it’s possible.

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