Breast Cancer Research Nurse
Massage Therapy Used to Help Fight Breast Cancer in South Tampa 33629, Downtown Tampa, Macdill AFB and Hyde Park
Last September 15, 2009 almost 600 Massage Envy clinics throughout the United States worked together to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. For every $35 massage therapy session on that day, whether Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy, sports massage therapy or pregnancy massage therapy, $10 were donated to local affiliates for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Massage Envy clinic in South Tampa 33629 participated in the important event, with clients from South Tampa 33629, Downtown Tampa, Macdill AFB and Hyde Park. Massage Envy has already raised $800,000 for breast cancer research.
Aside from the donation, though, massage has also been found to be beneficial for patients with breast cancer. This is attested to by BreastCancer.org.
According to BreastCancer.org, massage therapy helps cancer patients in general by reducing pain, fatigue and anxiety while strengthening the immune function. The organization points to research proving the beneficial effects of massage, both physically and emotionally, on women with breast cancer.
The University of Minnesota conducted a study in 2003 comparing the effects of healing touch and massage on 230 patients afflicted with cancer, as compared to the effects of the caring presence of a doctor or nurse that does not use any type of touch therapy on the same set of patients. Healing touch was described as a therapy in which the therapist holds his hands slightly above the patient’s body or very lightly touching the patient’s body. Results showed that both massage and healing touch decreased the cancer patients’ pain and anxiety. Massage alone, however, decreased their need for pain medication.
The University of Miami conducted a study, also in 2003, in which 58 women patients with Stage I and Stage II breast cancer underwent either massage therapy or progressive muscle relaxation therapy for five weeks. Results showed that both massage therapy and progressive muscle relaxation therapy produced reduced anxiety in the patients. In addition to that, though, massage therapy also reduced the patients’ depression and increased their levels of dopamine. Dopamine is a brain chemical that aids in achieving the feeling of well being. Furthermore, massage therapy was shown to have increased the patients’ white blood cells, regarded as natural killer cells against cancer. This means that the patients’ immune system was strengthened during the course of the five weeks of massage therapy.
BreastCancer.org clarifies that there is no evidence to back up widespread belief that massage causes existing cancer cells to spread. It does have reminders to breast cancer patients, though.
Patients who have just undergone breast surgery are advised not to lie on their stomachs during massage until given permission by their surgeons. Those who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy are weak and prone to bruising and should opt for light massage while avoiding any type of deep massage with strong pressure. The skin of patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy is also sensitive, especially in the areas of treatment, so these areas should be avoided by the massage therapist. Patients whose lymph nodes have been removed should ask the therapist to use a very light touch on the underarm and arm involved. If the patient has lymphedema, a condition that involves lymphatic obstruction and localized fluid retention, only manual lymphatic drainage should be used and only by a specially trained therapist.
Help patients in their fight against breast cancer by gifting them with massage therapy from a reputable professional massage therapy clinic in South Tampa 33629, Downtown Tampa, Macdill AFB and Hyde Park. Make sure they do not have lymphedema first, and make sure you check out the qualifications of the professional massage therapist.
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