Cancer treatments can take a toll on a patient, often time leaving them with a sense of restlessness, fatigue, anxiety, or pain. To help combat some of these symptoms, Woman’s Center for Wellness is providing free hand and foot massages to those patients of the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion undergoing chemotherapy. While the research is still young, there are many benefits for patients to take advantage of this complimentary service. Let’s take a deeper look into oncology massage therapy.
Massage is defined as the rubbing of skin and/or muscles of the body to provide an overall sense of well-being. Many of us are familiar with traditional massage techniques, and massage therapy doesn’t stray too far from what we already know. However, oncology massage is a modification of regular massage techniques in order to safely work with the complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Our massage therapists work with the patient to determine a massage technique that works best for them and their symptoms. For the most part, a gentle massage is preferred and works well on achy skin and muscles to reduce pain and release endorphins that can help the patient feel better and more at ease.
Research has proven that massage holds both the physical and psychological benefits. Unlike the intense nature of treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, oncology massage can provide a sense of calm and relief. Oncology massage has been linked to the improved health and well-being of patients undergoing cancer treatments, by reducing pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, and anxiety. Other benefits of oncology massage include improved sleep patterns and an overall improved quality of life.
While hand and foot massages are complimentary to those chemotherapy patients at the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion, Woman’s Center for Wellness offers a variety of full body massages at a reduced rate to those fighting other cancers and/or undergoing cancer treatments.
In addition to providing massage therapy, Woman’s Center for Wellness provides a variety of services to women battling cancer. These services include:
- Areola Tattooing provided by certified tattoo artist.
- Microblading for survivors who may have lost their eyebrows during treatment.
- Hearing screens for patients experiencing changes or loss of hearing during treatment.
- Nutritional services for patients experiencing changes in taste and loss of appetite.
- Medical Exercise Programs for patients wanting to rebuild strength and battle fatigue.
To learn more about cancer treatments, programs, and assistance provided by Woman’s, please visit www.breastandgyncancer.org.