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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

How is Oncology Massage different from a "regular massage?"

Betty Shields (Sioux Falls, SD) on Sep 5, 2012
Oncology Massage is genital and very soothing and caring. You have to be very thoughtful of the pain they are going though and respect their comfort. Where as a regular massage you also have to be respectful with their comfort but you dont have to be as careful with them. But with a regular massage you also have to know what that person is going though too.
Cassandra Harmon (Bear, DE) on Sep 5, 2012
Oncology massage has a mildly different approach. Treatment sessions may require a doctor's permission and/or prescription for third party billing (if needed). In addition, a general understanding of - and appreciation for - the different nuances of each individual's recovery process (e.g. physical, emotional, social, etc.) must be honored.
Cassandra Harmon (Bear, DE) on Sep 5, 2012
Oncology massage has a mildly different approach. Treatment sessions may require a doctor's permission and/or prescription for third party billing (if needed). In addition, a general understanding of - and appreciation for - the different nuances of each individual's recovery process (e.g. physical, emotional, social, etc.) must be honored.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Sep 5, 2012
Education and skill.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Sep 5, 2012
Cancer patients have many different needs, depending on the type and stage of cancer, the type of treatment they are receiving, and other factors. Massage therapists used to be taught that massage can metastasize cancers and cause them to spread, but we now know that this is not usually the case. An expert in oncology massage would have knowledge about what is helpful and what to avoid, more than other massage therapists would. Or, you can ask your doctor to write a letter saying what is allowed and what is contraindicated in a massage treatment, and with this information another experienced massage therapist may be able to help you as well.
Jacqueline George-Algaier (Pittsburgh, PA) on Sep 5, 2012
Massage is massage is massage is massage, right? Well, not exactly. For persons living with cancer, massage is still a viable option for relaxation, decreasing anxiety, reducing pain and nausea as well as many other potential benefits. But massage for people living with cancer is different. Massage for people receiving radiation or chemotherapy requires a therapist who has the knowledge and ability to assess the appropriateness of the level of pressure, contraindications, medication and therapy side effects through a thorough medical assessment. Therapists must know how to massage clients at risk for lymph edema. (often a side effect of surgical node dissection or radiation to nodes in a given area) Persons who have blood cancers are also in need of a therapist able to assess the appropriateness of massage when blood counts are low to determine if there is a risk of infection or possible bleeding. Oncology massage therapists must be mindful of positioning when medical appliances are being used, such as a port, IV, catheter or ostomy bags. Utilizing a massage therapist who has extensive knowledge and education in oncology massage will add to the confidence and comfort of the client. Massage therapist trained in oncology massage have had hands-on training with cancer patients in chemo treatment and radiation treatment centers as well as coursework in cancer massage and manual lymph drainage. Massage is a wonderful respite from cancer treatments, invasive procedures and side effects of medicine. Clients often remark that massage gives them the opportunity to be pain-free, worry-free and experience rest for the first time in many days, weeks or months.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Dec 11, 2012
Oncology Massage does not focus on the movement of fluid it uses gentle pressures to make connections with the tissue. Most types of massage focus on the movement of blood and fluids and this is contraindicated for these types of massage. Thank you.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
oncology massage is more for cancer patients whereas a regular massage is more for a relaxing state. so the only difference between the two would be the amount of pressure for either clients. swedish could consist of firm to light oncology could be more of a light to spirital(not touching the body) session