What is massage therapy for cancer treatment?

Massage is a manual therapy that involves the rubbing or kneading of parts of the body to aid circulation and relax the muscles. There are various forms of manual therapies:
  • Swedish massage
  • Reflexology
  • Lymphedema massage
  • Myofascial release

How it's used: Massage methods vary depending on the type of massage practiced. In general, slow and steady circular motion is applied over or near the area of treatment or pain. You can go to a massage therapist for treatment or learn how to manually massage yourself.

Caution: If you are undergoing radiation therapy for cancer, avoid massaging the treatment area and any area that might be red, raw, or tender.

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