Today it seems just about everyone we know has either been effected by cancer themselves or at least knows someone who has. Several of my family members have been affected by cancer, including my Mom, who I lost when I was 4 years old.
The fight to beat cancer can be a long, hard road, effecting people both physically and emotionally. Massage Therapies help reduce the pain and discomfort associated with even the most difficult of treatments, while also aiding with the mental well-being of a cancer patient.
I received my Oncology Massage training at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX during July 2011.
Strict massage therapy guidelines, including appropriate contraindications and precautions, are followed and reinforced throughout my massage sessions. The sessions will be specially adapted to the needs of the client and adjusted appropriately for other medical issues, including the following:
- Sites affected by surgery, radiation, IVs, skin conditions, pain, edema, or bone involvement. (The therapist will avoid strong pressure on these sites. If there has been any lypmh node dissection or radiation of lymph nodes with risk of lymphedema, therapist will not use pressure on the distal extremity or trunk quadrant, and the limb will be elevated if necessary.)
- Low platelet levels; easy bruising. (The therapist will use gentle skin contact instead of pressure.)
- Side effects of treatments including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. (The therapist will work gently overall in order to avoid aggravating fatigue, nausea, skin changes, etc., and will adapt other elements of the session to any presenting side effects.)
- Any risk of deep vein thrombosis, secondary to malignancy, inactivity or cancer treatment. (The therapist will avoid use of pressure on the lower extremities if there is any risk of thrombosis in those areas.)