• Richard Johnson

Massage Therapy and Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More and more people are turning to massage for health reasons, and research continues to support the use of massage therapy to help manage some of the side effects that cancer treatment can produce. The side effects of cancer can include pain, fatigue, nausea, sleep problems and more.

According to research, massage therapy shows promise for reducing pain intensity/severity, fatigue and anxiety in cancer populations. Additional research indicates massage can improve mood and reduce depression in women with breast cancer.

Another recent study supports the use of massage therapy in breast cancer patients. The research concludes that massage therapy can be beneficial for helping depression/mood disorders in cancer patients, and this study shows that it may help chemotherapy-related nausea.

With many insurance companies now insisting on therapists being trained in Oncology massage, Active Health Group have developed a very popular Oncology Massage workshop, details of which can be found on our website at

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