Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage.
In a recently published article entitled, “Do You Have What It Takes To Work in Oncology Massage?”, author and expert, Tracey Walton, writes:
“Results of a randomized clinical trial, published in the journal PAIN in 2012, indicated massage therapy can significantly reduce pain, improve mood and increase muscle relaxation in cancer patients,” adding that in another study published in Support Care Cancer in 2010, breast cancer patients who received two 30-minute sessions of massage therapy per week for five weeks showed significant reductions in depression and anxiety.
“Additional studies have found massage lessens fatigue, bone pain and insomnia in cancer patients,” she writes.
Could You Make a Career Out of Oncology Massage?
“As the literature on the benefits of massage for oncology patients grows, some massage therapists might consider oncology massage training. They might also ask the important question, Are there jobs in oncology massage?” adding that as much as people in the massage profession would like to know which hospitals and cancer medical centers are hiring, what their requirements are and what they are paying, we don’t have real data.
“The American Cancer Society’s report, Cancer Facts & Figures 2014, projected more than 1,665,000 new cancer cases. This means whatever setting you work in a private practice, a franchise, clinic or spa–there are people with cancer and cancer histories walking through your door seeking massage,” she writes.
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