Massage therapists who practice oncology massage in the Sutter Health network are trained to adapt bodywork techniques to safely address the short- and long-term effects of cancer treatment.
At your first appointment for oncology massage, your therapist will take a complete history of your cancer treatment, ask about side effects and listen to your goals for the massage session. Your therapist will use this information to create a plan to use a variety of massage techniques to address your discomfort and boost your well-being. If you are accustomed to massage you may not notice the changes in technique, but they are essential to the safety and health of a person with cancer. Each massage is customized to meet your unique needs.
Oncology massage can help ease nerve pain, fatigue, swelling, muscle tension and limitations in range of motion. Research also shows that massage can reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and support immunity. During treatment, oncology massage can help address the side effects of radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. It is also helpful during recovery and beyond as a support for optimal health.
If you are undergoing cancer treatment, ask your doctor if you might benefit from oncology massage.