March 3, 2015 by Dr. Sana Keller
Just the mention of the word massage can bring a smile to many faces and ‘aaah’s to many lips…and for some, a look of longing…as they remember their last massage and imagine how great a massage would feel right about now…
Yet, this post isn’t about the numerous benefits of traditional massage, although that would be a great post, too, since there are SO MANY health benefits of traditional massage. 🙂 Rather, this is a look at two specialized massage practices that focus on specific health challenges or concerns: Oncology Massage and Medical Massage. Massage specialties such as these are key components in Integrative Health and Integrative Medicine. Amy, a colleague of mine, offers both of these specialties at Synergy Medical Massage & Reflexology. Our community is fortunate to have her services available–I feel fortunate to have a gifted colleague like Amy to refer appropriate clients to in both my Cancer Survivor Coaching practice and Healthy Lifestyle Coaching practice.
Oncology massage is the adaptation of massage techniques to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. Massage can be safe and therapeutic during and after cancer treatment. Oncology massage can only be provided by massage therapists who have received training in the specifics of cancer and cancer treatment.
Research studying the benefits of massage for cancer patients has found significant reduction in levels of anxiety, pain , fatigue, depression and nausea with a conclusion that massage is an effective, noninvasive and inexpensive way to control symptoms for cancer patients.
Medical massage is prescribed by a physician and performed following the directives of that physician. It is a results-oriented treatment specifically directed to improve conditions or pathologies utilizing a wide variety of modalities or procedures. It is designed to compliment other treatments and care, providing a synergistic effect to promote optimal healing and health.
Medical massage can be particularly effective for specific injuries and conditions such as whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle sprains and strains, frozen shoulder, plantar fascitis and post-surgery rehabilitation.
The Next Level
While massage therapy in general provides abundant benefits, it’s helpful to know that even greater benefits are possible with massage specialties such as oncology and medical massage—especially when used along with other healthy lifestyle measures—that’s the power of synergy!
…aren’t you about due for a massage?? …maybe at the Next Level??
To your ever-improving health–
Sana Keller, PhD, RN, CNC Health Unlimited LLC
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