Oncology massage uses existing massage therapy techniques that have been specially modified in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Trained oncology massage therapists are highly skilled and sought after, and can make a huge difference to someone who is receiving cancer treatment, in recovery, or a survivor of cancer. Oncology massage is often used as hospice care as well, but the terms hospice massage and oncology massage are not interchangeable. An informed understanding of the disease itself and the treatment protocols are essential aspects of a therapists skill. Among these are the myriad ways it can affect the body; cancer treatment side effects, side effects of medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease. Oncology massage assessments and adaptations to the different massage modalities for each session are critical to performing a safe massage for someone experiencing cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. Intake questions for a standard assessment include those pertaining to:Oncology massage san diego orange county los angeles
  • History of cancer treatment
  • Fatigue, neuropathy, or pain
  • Anatomically specific site of tumor or metastasis
  • Blood cell count
  • Involvement of lymphatic system
  • Blood clot risk
  • Any late effects of treatment
  • All medications (short and long term)
  • All vital organs involved
  • Any fragile or unstable tissue
  • Any currently used medical devices
  • Any changes in sensation
Depending on your unique situation, a properly trained massage therapist will need to know about these issues and more. Many of the subtle changes your therapist makes to your session will be difficult to perceive as a recipient, but are nevertheless essential to your safety and proper support of your well being.

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