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  • Massage

Massage involves working on the body with pressure as a way of relaxing an individual’s body to relieve tension, relax the mind and reduce treatment-related side effects in some cases.

Gentle massage using touch and pressure on muscles and soft tissues, with or without the use of oils, can be used to relax and relieve muscle tension. It may help to lift mood and improve sleep patterns.  The beneficial effects of massage can be experienced even when only a small area of the body is massaged, such as the hands, feet or lower legs.  It may also help to address feelings of anxiety, tension and to reduce stress and help with circulation.

To help maximise the effects of a massage and keep it remaining beneficial and pain free it is recommended that you:

Always talk to your doctor or clinical nurse specialist before using any type of massage therapy. It may be that an adapted treatment offered within a cancer care centre would be appropriate for you. It is important to make sure that your massage therapist is fully qualified and insured. 

Published Feb 2016

Next planned review: Feb 2018