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Posted on 10-05-2015

Cancer patients deal with a whole host of issues, from physical to emotional. Anyone who has gone through or helped a friend or family member walk down that path knows that anything to make it easier is a blessing. In a recent study, massage therapy was found to help cancer patients with pain relief, and it offered other benefits as well.

Those with a cancer diagnosis often deal with pain, some of it from the cancer itself, and additional discomfort from treatments. In addition, there is a lot of stress, worry, and emotional turmoil that comes with the disease.

Researchers evaluated cancer patients who had the added benefit of massage to their traditional treatments. Patients reported a higher level of pain relief than life without massage, and those who were recovering from surgery found the massage even more effective at relieving that type of pain.

That would be good news, but it doesn't stop there. Researchers studied 600 cancer patients who had a massage 3 times a week for 7 weeks. They reported even more benefits as they experienced a higher quality of life, with less stress and anxiety. Relaxation levels were higher, and patients had less trouble with nausea and fatigue.

Even patients who were facing end-of-life issues benefited from massage, who reported sleeping better and less pain after experiencing massage.

A cancer diagnosis is a struggle for any person, regardless of age, type of cancer, or stage. It causes intense physical and emotional strain on the body and anything loved ones can do to help alleviate that would be appreciated. If you have a friend or family member going through cancer treatment, consider connecting them with massage therapy as a way to help them on their road to health. If you're in the Lexington area, contact us for more information.

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