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Massage for Cancer

Jan 7, 2020

Can cancer patients receive massage?  The answer is YES!

Contrary to popular belief massage does not spread cancer or flush medication from the body.  Research* has shown that patients who have had massage for cancer have seen huge benefits including:

  • The improvement of body image after a mastectomy
  • The reduction of pain intensity
  • A feeling of relaxation
  • Reduction in anxiety
  • And an improvement in wellbeing and quality of life.

The Therapist will need to take into consideration several factors when treating:

There must be consent from your Doctor or Consultant before treatment can commence

  • Active cancer sites or recent surgery sites cannot be worked on
  • If lymphoedema is present, pressure must be very gentle to avoid tissue damage.  Lymphatic drainage is the most appropriate treatment for this condition.
  • Generally, techniques, pressure and duration of the treatment will need to be tailor made to suit each patient.

Ashbourne Physio Centre is fortunate to have a Massage Therapist, Lainey, who is qualified to provide massage for cancer please call reception to book an appointment or if you have any questions please feel free to call or email us on

*References : (Byass; 1999, Field 1998;), (Bredin,1999); (Corner et al, 1995; Diego et al,1998; Hadfield, 2001);(Corner et al 1995; Shulman & Jones, 1996; Wilkinson et al, 1999); (Wilkinson, 1995; Livingstone & Mehrez,2006).

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