At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), massage therapy is one of many evidence-informed supportive care services available to our patients to help alleviate pain and stress, and address other cancer-related side effects. Massage therapy is provided by expert therapists who focus on manipulating the body’s soft tissues, connective tissues, ligaments, muscles, tendons and skin. Our massage therapists apply various levels of pressure to reduce pain and discomfort. Using a form of touch therapy, massage therapists help patients try to regain a sense of peace, relaxation and well-being. As members of the oncology rehabilitation team, massage therapists apply various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body to try to help reduce stress and improve circulation.
Massage therapy may offer a number of benefits for cancer patients to improve physical symptoms or side effects. Patients may find that massage therapy helps to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, nausea, fatigue or pain. Massage therapy may also improve the cancer patient’s quality of life, helping him or her to relax and enjoy an improved quality of life. At CTCA®, massage therapy is part of an integrative approach that focuses on whole-person care.
These supportive therapies are offered all under one roof. While conventional treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgical treatments are used to attack the cancer, supportive care therapies may be recommended to manage side effects and improve quality of life. Our massage therapists work with other members of your care team to communicate regularly on your progress and make adjustments to your treatment plan when necessary. In addition to massage therapy, oncology rehabilitation providers offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, lymphedema treatment and other services.