Massage Benefits Cancer Patients

Professional Massage Therapy Enhances the Way Cancer Patients Feel,

By Melanie L. Bowen


Increasing the amount of virtuous days a cancer patient experiences is absolutely necessary to maintain the strength and a positive attitude as much as possible in order to fully fight the disease.  Any cancer patient whether it is lung cancer, mesothelioma, breast cancer or leukemia can benefit dramatically by taking time out of weary schedules to attend a professional massage therapy session at least once a week.

Massages help to knead and loosen the muscles and play a big role in relieving aches, pains, and discomforts that are commonly experienced by people who are going through cancer treatments.  When a person is subject to going through week after week of chemo treatments or radiation treatments, it is not uncommon for physical and emotional side effects to be dominant in a person’s life.

In addition to chemo and radiation treatments, there are a vast amount of experimental drugs and treatments that many cancer patients try every month in order to fight the disease.  It is very common for experimental treatments and traditional cancer treatments to cause a person to feel tense and sore and to have muscular and joint pain.

Attending professional massage therapy sessions not only provides a great mental and emotional relief for cancer patients, this therapy also can work wonders on loosing muscles and tension in a person’s body and letting them feel more comfortable.  Getting rid of nagging aches that tend to linger in the muscles and lymph nodes can cause a great sense of relief for people who have cancer.

If money is a concern, many insurance companies will pay for a portion, if not all, of the expense of professional medical massages. Speaking to the massage company you are considering using and consulting with your insurance company will help you to determine how much out of pocket expense you will have, if any expense will even apply.

If an insurance company does not cover the massages, there are multiple professional massage companies that offer discounts for people who have a major illness and for people who are senior citizens.  Asking about any applicable discounts can be a great way to save money and get a weekly massage to help relieve sources of discomfort caused by cancer or the treatments of cancer.

Wake Forest Baptist Health is an educational institute that provides quality information about the benefits of professional massage therapy for cancer patients.  In the website listed here, the articles address benefits such as pain management and symptom reduction occur on a regular basis when cancer patients participate in regular massage therapy sessions.

Relieving pain and obtaining a higher quality of life is possible for cancer patients.  Proper exercise, good levels of nutrition consumption, and professional massages are all proactive steps people with cancer can take to feel better both physically and emotionally while they are fighting the disease of cancer.


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