Benefits of Massage in Bowel Cancer Treatment

massage therapist,Lambton,NSW,Newcastle,Oncology massage,massage,massage for cancerThere is new research that shows there are multiple benefits of massage in bowel cancer (also called colorectal or colon cancer) treatment which is generating a lot of new interest in massage. It is also sparking some probing questions about the possibility of whether it might actually contribute to treating the disease as well.

Massage therapy has long been known for its success with muscular and neurological treatments but the newest studies might now suggest that it could be beneficial as treatment for other types of diseases as well. Massage therapy as a complementary treatment for oncological disease is a relatively new idea that is still in its testing phases but there is already plenty of evidence that shows how massage can definitely be a therapy to help reduce discomfort and stress, ease pain, reduce nausea, and in turn, improve a cancer patient’s quality of life.

Massage Therapy in Bowel Cancer Treatment 

Massage for cancer can be a very valuable way to ease the pains and troubles that are associated with cancer, the side effects that are most often associated with cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation treatment. It can also offer indirect relief for other issues that might arise for the cancer patient. The type of massage that is used will depend on both the patient preferences as well as the type of cancer the patient has. With patients who have bowel cancer, the tumour would be located either in the colon or the rectum so massage would not directly impact the tumour itself.

Considerations before Beginning Massage for Cancer

Before starting any massage treatment it is important for the patient to discuss the proposed therapy with their oncologist and GP to ensure that there are no contraindications and to determine how massage would be most beneficial. Many therapists are afraid to perform massage on a patient with cancer for fear that manipulation of the body and the cells may somehow spread the cancer. This is a false perception and there has been much research over the years to prove that cancer does not spread, or metastasize, by massage.

There are however a couple of precautionary considerations which should be taken before beginning therapy. Firstly, it is important that the massage therapist does not massage the tumour or any area where surgery was recently performed to avoid causing any pain to the patient especially if treatment is already underway. Secondly, a massage therapist who works on cancer patients should be specially trained in oncology massage which is a special type of massage and does require additional training and certification.

Relief  from Physical Symptoms and Side Effects of Cancer Treatments

There are five major side effects experienced from traditional cancer treatments and the disease symptoms itself which have been reported to be eased by the use of massage therapy. The symptoms are:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

These are all serious symptoms which the bowel cancer patient may feel. By providing a means to reduce the severity of these symptoms and the side effects, the bowel cancer patient can begin to feel more like a whole person and have an increased quality of life. In addition, the fact that these five symptoms significantly impact the patient’s feelings of wellbeing makes the cancer patient not only more susceptible to illness and poor mental and emotional health, but may also impact the patient’s ability to fight the cancer effectively.

Emotional/ Psychological Benefits of Massage for Bowel Cancer

While anxiety and depression are serious psychological symptoms and side effects of a bowel cancer patient’s treatments, there are also emotional issues which may arise that can be directly and positively impacted by massage therapy. One of these is the emotional healing which can be delivered through touch. When a person is seriously ill, the value and healing properties which may be delivered through the power of touch cannot be fully understood nor can they be underestimated. It is usually when a person is sick that they find the most power and compassion from another person’s healing hands and all too often this aspect is never really understood or given enough emphasis.

What we do know is that massage for cancer does provide relief from the physical symptoms of cancer and it’s treatments such as pain, nausea, stress, fatigue and depression. There may be other healing processes at work during a massage therapy session as well. The benefits of massage therapy in bowel cancer patients may have even more powerful and not yet fully comprehended effects. However, the information that we do know about its therapeutic results shows that it is a healing art which should be a part of every cancer patients treatment plan.

For more information on how massage can help patients with bowel cancer please visit:

www.cancercouncil.com.au/18126/b1000/massage-and-cancer-42/massage-and-cancer-professional-massage/

http://www.oncologymassagetraining.com.au/about-omt.html

Remedial Massage as a Natural Anxiety And Depression Treatment

massage, massage therapists Newcastle,Hamilton.Lambton, NSWAn effective natural anxiety and depression treatment does not use a one-size-fits-all approach. Patients need to be thoroughly examined and treated according to their condition. As much as a healthy diet and exercise regime are important, these habits don’t treat the problem at its core.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one out of five Australians had experienced a form of mental illness, with anxiety and depression being the most common disorders, and this number only represents those that had identified the illness. Drugs can only suppress the symptoms and there is a chance that patients may get reliant on them. Remedial massage can be used as a natural anxiety and depression treatment that effectively improves these conditions.

Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Symptoms of anxiety

How do you know if you have anxiety disorder or are just feeling anxious? We feel anxiousness from time to time. But if you or your loved ones are experiencing these symptoms, it could possibly be an anxiety disorder. These are some of the symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Worrying excessively
  • Panic attacks
  • Irrational fear
  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Hypervenlation

Symptoms of Depression

Not just feelings of sadness, major depressive disorder has many more symptoms and some of them could hinder the person from carrying out day to day tasks. These are some of the symptoms:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, guilt, hopelessness and helplessness
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constant fatigue
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Regular headaches and indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of interest in social settings
  • Lack of motivation for daily tasks

How to Help Anxiety and Depression Naturally?

Remedial massage

Remedial massage is a clinical approach that uses scientific methods to assist the body to regain a healthy state. It targets soft tissues to facilitate relaxation and realignment of the body. Unlike other forms of massage, methodical assessment is done through taking a detailed medical history and running tests to determine the best course of techniques and treatment required. Post treatment is then carried out to review the methods.

Remedial massage uses physiological techniques to build a body condition that’s needed for good mental health. Just like how general practitioners need to diagnose individual issues before prescribing medicine, remedial massage needs a customized assessment and treatment to improve a patient’s specific symptoms.

Releasing Stress and Tension

Psychological disorders are often caused by physical factors. For example, stress plays a big part in causing unduly worrying and may result in anxiety symptoms such as hyperventilation and panic attacks. A remedial massage targets the stress points in the body to release physical tension and reduce the trigger for anxiety. At the same time, it helps increase mental clarity and heightens alertness.

Treating Anxiety and Depression

Although remedial massage can’t completely replace medical attention, it should be part of and compliment the other ways used to treat anxiety and depression. Not only is it used for improving mental health, remedial massage is often used in the  treatment of sporting injuries, rehabilitation, body ailments and other types of physical pain. But while these physical ailments have other forms of treatments available, what sets remedial massage apart is its unique effectiveness as a natural anxiety and depression treatment.

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