At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern), our massage therapy team is committed to helping improve patients’ quality of life throughout cancer treatment. Massage therapy is a field of care that manipulates the body’s soft tissue, ligaments, muscles and skin to provide relief and promote wellness. The massage therapists at our Chicago-area hospital use their hands, fingers, forearms and elbows to provide pressure to the body. Massage therapy may help patients increase their quality of life and alleviate pain, discomfort and other symptoms.
While undergoing cancer treatments, a patient may experience physical pain and fatigue, as well as anxiety, depression or lack of self-confidence. Patients suffering from insomnia may find that the relaxation techniques used in massage therapy allow them to sleep better. Patients who undergo surgical procedures often experience pain, even after the incisions heal. Massage therapy may help reduce the pain by targeting scar tissue. At CTCA® at Midwestern, our massage therapists consult with the other clinicians on your care team as part of an integrated treatment plan.
The massage therapists at CTCA are part of the oncology rehabilitation team providing a wide range of supportive therapies. At Midwestern, located near Chicago in Zion, Illinois, our oncology rehabilitation team combines gentle range-of-motion exercises with massage to reduce the symptoms of lymphedema, a condition in which excess fluid collects in tissue and causes swelling. Massage in combination with other oncology rehabilitation services may help prevent lymphedema or reduce the swelling associated with this condition. Our Illinois-based massage therapists collaborate as team with licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists to recommend an integrative treatment plan designed to help you build strength and endurance, regain independence, reduce stress and maintain energy.