As oncology massage has grown in popularity with the medical community, so has the need for massage therapists who specialize in work with cancer patients.
This area of massage therapy teaches practitioners the symptoms, signs and techniques for care in cancer patients. Therapists are also taught how cancer treatments effect the human body, and how massage can make a positive impact.
Some training for this type of massage includes instruction on how to
work with the patient's team of health care providers, how to
communicate with doctors to market your services, and how to incorporate
therapy into the chemotherapy treatment room.
Contraindications for massage will also be taught, as well as how to safely adapt different types of modalities into a relaxing, but helpful massage for any cancer patient.
Therapists learn how to address myths of massage for cancer patients and why it is not harmful or risky, how to communicate to ease fears, and to help the client be as comfortable as possible.
Massage and breast cancer is an area of study for some therapists. It is one of those locations of the body that massage professionals should show the utmost of respect when treating, and a type of cancer massage that requires specialized training.
Massage therapists are often easy with pressure and massage in any area that has a tumor. He/she should discuss cancer location(s) before treatment.
Massage and Bodywork: Adapting Therapies for Cancer Care teaches how to provide massage for cancer patients in various circumstances, with various types of cancer, and for those in different stages of cancer.
Oncology massage therapists are taught to understand where you are in your journey with cancer, so that they can truly help, with whatever you are needing in a massage therapy session.