For those going through mesothelioma cancer treatment, the side effects can be overwhelming. A new approach to counteract the difficult symptoms is massage therapy. Recent studies have suggested that massage can ease physical discomfort while improving the patient’s sense of emotional well-being.

Massage therapy can help a patient’s body relax and create more efficient blood flow while stimulating the lymphatic system. It also lessens swelling and inflammation by increasing the level of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. Massage also releases cramped muscles that can lead to the patient feeling episodes of pain and distress.

Overall, massage can reduce the impact that cancer treatment has on a patient’s body by elevating mood, reducing pain level and improving overall quality of life. The therapy can continue to provide benefits after treatment is finished. The American Cancer Society performed research in 2008 that revealed over 60 percent of survivors used massage therapy or some other form of alternative medicine.

After decades of study regarding the application of massage on cancer patients, massage therapists began to acquire special training to focus on the needs of people being treated for cancer. They founded a national organization for their specialty and understand the challenges that cancer patients face with the main purpose of their work being on relieving anxiety and lessening pain. Other goals include improving the sleep experience, so the patient can better cope with the challenges of treatment, and limiting disruptions to the patient’s normal life routine.

Patients who are interested in adding massage therapy to their treatment can do so by requesting a referral from their doctor. It may be possible to receive a massage on the same day as other treatments, which is of great convenience to the patient in terms of travel and allowing the body to be relaxed and open for healing.

Massage therapy is not a cure for cancer but when used in conjunction with other treatments, it can increase the chances of beating the disease. While cancer can be scary, it can also offer a second chance, allowing the patient to be more open to the blessings of life.

Consult your doctor and reap the benefits all that massage therapy has to offer for you and your cancer treatment. Give your mind, body and spirit a vacation from all of life’s stressors and find the relaxed and peaceful inner you.

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