Oncology massage is a specialized form of massage therapy that is designed to meet the unique needs of cancer patients. Unlike traditional massage therapy, oncology massage involves a range of additional safety precautions to ensure that the massage is both safe and effective for the client.
efore an oncology massage session, the therapist will conduct a thorough assessment to determine the patient’s medical history, current health status, and any specific concerns or needs. This assessment is important because cancer patients may have specific physical or medical needs that require special attention during the massage. If you’re experiencing lymphedema, please let us know as we’re specialized in manual lymphatic drainage.
Adjustments to Massage Techniques
Oncology massage therapists are trained to adjust their massage techniques to accommodate the specific needs of cancer patients. For example, they may use lighter pressure, avoid massaging areas where a patient has had surgery or radiation therapy, and avoid certain types of massage strokes that could be uncomfortable or harmful for the patient. If you’re used to getting cupping massage, your therapist would likely avoid cupping during your cancer treatments.
Medical Device Considerations
Many cancer patients use medical devices, such as ports or catheters, as part of their treatment. Oncology massage therapists are trained to work around these devices, taking care not to dislodge or damage them during the massage. They may also avoid massaging areas where medical devices are located.
Avoidance of Certain Products
Certain massage products, such as essential oils or lotions, may not be appropriate for cancer patients. For example, some essential oils can cause skin irritation or other adverse reactions in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Oncology massage therapists are trained to avoid using these products and to select only those products that are safe and appropriate for their patients. If you have any concerns about the products we use, please contact us.
f you or a loved one is interested in exploring oncology massage, be sure to seek out a trained and certified oncology massage therapist who can provide personalized care and support. Luckily, you don’t have to look further. The Supine Studio has trained therapists who can help you.