Oncology Massage

is the application of massage and bodywork techniques for individuals who are dealing with the physical and emotional changes and complications that may come with cancer and cancer treatment. Therapists who provide oncology massage have an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways that it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, medications and surgery. Although a wide variety of bodywork techniques can still be of benefit to cancer patients, an experienced therapist is able to modify techniques and make specific adaptations with respect to these side effects and issues surrounding the disease itself. The initial assessment by the physical therapist or massage practitioner will involve many questions to help ensure your safety and a positive therapeutic experience. Intake questions may pertain to: cancer treatment history, lymph node involvement, tumor site or metastasis, medical devices, fatigue, neuropathy, pain and other questions designed to provide a clear picture of what techniques and adaptations are needed to support your health and well-being.

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