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Oncology (cancer) massage

Oncology massage aims to ease pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Swedish, foot and light-touch massage are common modalities for alleviating the pain of patients with cancer.

Oncology (Cancer) Massage Side Effects

Radiation can cause an increase in sensitivity, making even a gentle touch painful.

Who shouldn't use it: Individuals with cancer that has spread to the bone many find physical manipulation or deep pressure uncomfortable. It could also result in a bone fracture.

It is also recommended that massage and tissue manipulation be avoided in areas where cancerous tumors or lumps may be present. In the case of a low blood platelet count, which is often a side effect of chemotherapy, the patient may bruise easily, even when a light tough is administered.

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