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Massage therapy encompasses many different techniques. Typically, therapists press, rub, and manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Mostly, they use their hands and fingers, but sometimes use their forearms or elbows.
Massage therapy is a manual approach to working with the body in order to maintain health and restore the body to optimal functioning.
People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons:
Restorative massage is effective in calming the body and mind. It can be part of your personal self-care to manage stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Regular massage promotes overall health and wellness.
Preventative massage is effective in keeping muscles pliable and joints moving with ease. A well functioning body is less prone to injury and has fewer aches and pains to manage. Maintaining and improving physical functioning is an integral part of massage therapy.
Rehabilitative treatments focus on recovery from injury, accidents or surgery. The goals of this approach is to help you get back to feeling as well as you did in the past.
Massage while living with cancer takes in all of the above aspects as well as specialized modalities depending on the type of cancer you have and the treatments you are receiving. Post-surgical scars can successfully be treated in order to reduce movement-limiting and painful restrictions. Radiation fibrosis, or thickening of soft tissues, can result from radiation treatments. Over time, this density can result in decreased range of motion and discomfort. Gentle massage is effective in reducing radiation fibrosis. Chemotherapy can leave you feeling unwell and with numbness or tingling in your hands or feet. A focused massage treatment can help to reduce these unpleasant side effects. Finally, pain can be better managed using massage. Less pain results in better quality of life and improved sleep.
Massage for the support person who is helping someone living with cancer is a wonderful way to ensure that your energy is maintained. Your health and well-being are essential as you fill the many roles required to help your family member, friend of neighbour.
What to expect from massage therapy
During your first appointment the massage therapist will review your health history. This is necessary in order to provide a treatment that is both safe and effective. History of accidents, surgery, medical interventions as well as a complete list of any drugs that are taken is essential. Each massage is tailored to your specific needs and will be adapted for your comfort and safety.
It will also take into account your preferences for what areas are treated as well as depth of pressure. Massage does not have to be painful to be effective.
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