Supporting the Fight Against Cancer

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Massage Therapy
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“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”
– Tori Amos 

October has been nominated as Breast Cancer Awareness month where many people all over the world get together to support the fight to find a cure for Breast Cancer. I don’t like to short change any cancer and believe that we should find a cure for all cancers!

It has be long believed that massage therapy was contraindicated to treat any type of cancer unless there has been successful treatments such as surgeries and chemotherapy. The fear was that massage therapy could potentially spread the tumors and cancerous cells by increasing the blood circulation. Research continues today and more studies have shown that massage has no proof of negative effects on cancer patients, but yet it has increasingly postive benefits.

Cancer can take it’s toll on the body causing strain and fatigue. Mentally, a cancer patient will experience depression and anguish. Chemotherapy treatment, although destroying the cancers, will destroy healthy tissue and pollute the body. All of these things can lead to tight muscles and poor posture which cause pain and discomfort.

As you may already know from the benefits page and previous blogs, massage therapy helps to relieve tension in the body and muscles, it also assists in the removal of wastes and toxins, and in addition massage releases hormones that make a person happier, more calm, and o overall feel “euphoric.” These benefits not only help the average person but can dramatically help someone who suffers from the side effects of cancer and chemotherapy.

There has even been massage developed to specifically cater to those who are suffering from cancer and the specialized needs that they have, the method isOncology Massage. If you are interested in finding a therapist that can help you or someone you know that suffers from cancer, you can do a simple internet search or check the AMTA website’s ‘find a therapist’ search engine.

Together with your doctors, friends, and family, a massage therapist can be another link in the fight against cancer!

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