Massage and Bodywork During Cancer Treatments

By Pacific College - May 14, 2015

Physically and mentally, cancer treatment is an arduous process. Any kind of pain or stress relief during this trying time is of the utmost importance. Massage therapy can provide both. In stark contrast to most cancer treatments, massage is natural and side effect free. Nausea, fatigue, body aches, and weight loss are some of the wearying inconveniences of fighting cancer. Massage is a versatile body therapy that can address deep muscle pains or mild aches, as well as provide an emotional comfort.


A massage appointment can be particularly beneficial to a cancer patient used to the sterile environment of hospital treatments.  Massage therapists take an initial inventory of their patient’s problem areas, symptoms of pain, and descriptions of discomfort. Careful attention is paid to the patient both before and during a treatment, not only ensuring that target areas are attended to, but also that a level of care is provided that serves to couple a necessary medical appointment and a luxury experience. People undergoing cancer treatments are prime candidates in need of this care. When positive attention is paid to the body, it can mend muscles and aid stress.

Self massage or gentle massage from a non-practitioner friend or family member can also be implemented to manage lower levels of unease and discomfort. Self-massage has long served as a warm-up method for meditation and relaxation, and is known to stimulate the flow of body fluids and blood, releasing endorphins and improving organ function. The stimulation provided by massage is thought to improve the flow of qi (the life force in each body), enhancing mood and the healing process. Massage is a key technique used to accelerate the cultivation and circulation of energy; this is particularly helpful for tired chemotherapy patients.

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