Benefits of Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients go though a lot of physical, emotional, and psychological trauma which can quickly become overwhelming. Recent medical research shows that massage therapy has multiple benefits for cancer patients. While medication and chemotherapy help with internally treating cancer, massage therapy provides a holistic way of enhancing the benefits of other forms of medical treatment. Massage therapy offers short and long-term benefits to cancer patients.

Benefits of Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients:

Reduces Stress - By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, massage therapy effectively combats the stress hormones coursing though the body as a result of the emotional and physical issues faced during cancer treatment. Stress is a major underlying cause of illness and prevents the body from healing to its full potential. 

Increases Blood Circulation - Massage therapy increases blood flow throughout the body, helping cancer patients respond faster to medication and chemotherapy. When circulation improves, the body creates an abundance of white blood cells, helping cancer patients recover more quickly. 

Pain Reduction - Research has proven that cancer patients who receive massage therapy treatments are more likely to have a reduction in pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. 

Reduced Edema - Typically, cancer patients experience edema (swelling and accumulation of water) as a result of medication and nerve debilitation that occurs during cancer treatment. Massage therapy greatly reduces edema by increasing lymphatic circulation.

Improves Mood - Cancer patients are faced with many thoughts and feelings which can lead to depression and anxiety. Massage therapy assists in relaxing the mind, giving cancer patients an opportunity relax and clear any negativity.

Improves Sleep - With the anxiety and discomfort of cancer, getting quality sleep becomes a factor. They body simply cannot heal and restore without enough sleep. Cancer patients see an improvement in sleep patterns once the mind and body become more relaxed through massage therapy treatments. 

Overall Wellness - Massage therapy has the capability of helping cancer patients get back to a place of overall wellness by bringing about an overall improvement in the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of life.    


This blog is inspired by my brave clients who are currently undergoing cancer treatment. I admire your courage and strength.

Darcy Blaine, LMT
(NVMT# 7593)