What has been proven about the benefit of massage therapy?According to the American Cancer Society, massage is "thought almost universally to be a beneficial therapy. It is helpful not only physically but emotionally as well, because it soothes the soul and the mind." Massage cannot cure cancer, but it has been shown in several studies to improve quality of life and well-being. There is some scientific evidence that massage enhances the immune system by increasing blood circulation. In addition, massage was shown to promote relaxation and alleviate pain and anxiety in hospitalized cancer patients.
What is the potential risk or harm of massage therapy? Massage should be avoided immediately following surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and over areas of known tumors. Patients with circulatory ailments such as phlebitis or varicose veins should avoid massage. Massage should never be performed on bruises, areas of tissue damage and inflamed or infected sites.
Please call 271-3288 to schedule an appointment with our certified massage therapists.
Hypnosis is one of several relaxation methods that was evaluated by an independent panel, convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The panel found it may be useful for treating chronic pain when used along with standard medical care. Hypnosis may also be effective in reducing fear and anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, and controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures. Available scientific evidence does not support the idea that hypnosis can influence the development or progression of cancer. However, it may help to improve the quality of life for some people with cancer.
Please call 271-3288 to schedule an appointment with our certified hypnotist.
Healing Touch is a gentle, non-invasive form of energy work that is used to manage side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, pain, muscle stiffness and lymphedema.
It can be used to relax and balance the body before surgery and to speed post-operative recovery. By promoting deep relaxation, it can increase overall energy levels and the ability to cope with challenging life events.
Please speak to any staff member of the Cancer Treatment Center for more information.