What is Oncology Massage?
Oncology Massage is a massage specialty that takes into consideration the special needs of the person fighting cancer and cancer survivors. It includes modifications related to chemotherapy, such as peripheral neuropathy, radiation and lymph node removal and surgery. Techniques are adjusted in order to give massage sessions in a safe, effective way.
Does Massage Spread Cancer?
No. At one time it was thought that massage strokes could cause cancer cells to break off from the main site and relocate to other organs. Fortunately, research has shown that it is genetic factors that control the spread (metastasis), not a mechanical process such as massage or exercise.
How Can Oncology Massage Help?
Oncology massage has been found to be helpful for the following:
Is Special Training Required?
Yes. An understanding of how cancer and cancer treatments, especially surgery, affect the body is essential. Philippa received Oncology Massage training at M D Anderson Hospital in Houston, the leading cancer treatment hospital in the world. She is also certified and very experienced in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) a technique that is extremely helpful for cancer survivors who have had lymph nodes removed and are at risk of lymphedema or who have already developed it. Philippa has also had training in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation with The Klose Institute.
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