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Caring through touch

Massage is a complementary therapy which can help release both muscular and emotional tension, reducing symptoms such as stress, pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people who have had chemotherapy or surgery for cancer.

There are many different styles of massage. Oncology massage therapists are specially trained to adjust pressure, speed, duration and direction of strokes to provide a safe session for a person with cancer at any stage. Specialised lymphatic massage can help reduce the symptoms of lymphoedema.

Safe and simple massage techniques can also be used at home by those caring for a person affected by cancer. Gentle touch is important during illness and research has shown it can provide a sense of calm, comfort and connection.

Many wonder how to use touch safely when someone has cancer. The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre’s Caring Through Touch video series may be a helpful resource, as it shares how to provide gentle massage to someone with cancer.

The centre’s massage therapists walk you through a hand and foot massage, and provide guidance around possible areas to avoid and which oils or lotions to use.

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Explore ONJ’s full suite of wellness videos on their website.

Learn more about complementary therapies and body-based therapies such as massage.

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