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Massage Therapy as an Alternative Treatment

Massage Therapy as an Alternative Treatment

This is a guest post from Melanie L. Bowen. She has been researching and writing about massage therapy and how it can benefit people who are going through cancer treatments. Mrs. Bowen wrote: Massage Therapies help reduce the pain and discomfort associated with even the most difficult of treatments while also helping with the mental well being of a cancer patient.  I believe an article on that very topic would mesh with your blog very well and also benefit your readers tremendously. This is an important message to get out there so please let me know if you would be interested in seeing it and sharing it with your readers.

Massage Therapy an Alternative Treatment

Rejuvenate your body and mind with massage therapy. This very popular alternative therapy has proven to heal the body and mind by hand manipulation of the muscles, and soft tissue, to enhance function and promote relaxation. It has become a common accepted treatment for acute pain including to those who are going through cancer and are receiving cancer treatment therapies.

Massage therapy can be considered a holistic approach to restore health and can help relieve many present ailments. Conditions such as mesothelioma, leukemia and lymphoma, and bone marrow failure syndromes as well as others have therapy treatments that cause painful side effects to patients.

From fatigue and depression, massage therapy can improve an overall mood in patients. Whether it is stress, anxiety, or bone and body aches, massage therapy combined with cancer management regimens can be very beneficial in promoting recovery.

It has become more than a luxury to receive a massage today. Many hospitals are integrating massage therapists into the medical staff to help promote recovery. Some hospitals include the Mayo Clinic, Summit Medical Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and many others offer this helpful and healing treatment.

There are many different types and styles of massage therapy including, Swedish massage which is the most common type of massage in the United States, Aromatherapy massage that uses scented oils in addition to the massage, Hot stone; self-explanatory, Deep tissue massage that targets painful muscles and tissue, and there are many more styles suited to each individual need. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled treatment therapy can play a huge part in managing overall health.

According to the American Cancer Society, massage therapy techniques such as myotherapy will relax muscles and improve muscle strength, flexibility, and coordination; relieve pain; reduce the need for pain medications; increase blood circulation; improve stamina and sleep patterns; and correct posture imbalances.

Massage therapy can be physically and emotionally beneficial to those who are suffering with cancer and many other conditions. You should always consult with your primary care provider before beginning any alternative treatment. If there is a potential in massage therapy why not soak up all the benefits it has to offer. Go indulge yourself in a massage today and feel more like yourself; mind, body and spirit!