Self-Help Massage! Massage does not Spread Cancer, but it can support the cancer survivor’s self-management to post treatment symptoms.
Be kind to yourself - Mindfully begin with gentle and slow massage techniques, listen to what your body is tellying you and most importantly ENJOY!
For best results only use pure organic olive, grapeseed or coconut oil for massage, or use them in the shower use your normal body and hair products.
Before you Begin...
- Do I need a Dr's consent before I self-massage? We advise you to check with your healthcare oncology team before you begin.
- Do not massage over an active tumour site, check with your oncologist post treatment and after the tumour has been removed.
- Do not massage your-self while undergoing treatments unless you have been advised to by your oncology team.
- Only massage over healed scar tissue after checking with you oncology health care team.
- Do not self-massage if you are taking blood thinning medication.
- Please check our list of other contraindications and precautions before you begin.
- Forever considerations is the removal of your lymph nodes, your lymphedema specialist will be able to give you advice on self-massage protocols.
- If there is any doubt we advise you seek advice from your Oncology health care team.
What Patients Say about their Self-Help Massage Treatments
Head, Neck and Throat Cancer Survivor
Potentional Benefits of Self-Massage for Cancer Survivors
Relieves sore and stiff muscle
Increases range of movement
Decrease anxiety and depression
Reduces oedema and lymphoedema
Stimulates lympahatic flow
Decreases stimulation of the sympathetic system
Give the patient a greater sense of control
Stimulates wound healing
Increases tissue oxygenation
Support the Immune System
Improves scar tissue elasticity
Increases a positive body image
Reduces adhesive altered configerations of soft tissue
Stimulates sensory awareness
Reduce symptoms from radio and chemotherapy
Increases skin and tissue hydration
treating patients with a diagnosis of cancer
Many people are still fearful of treating patients with a diagnosis of cancer, but massage is no longer considered an exclusion or contraindication to other parts of the body, or after their treatment for cancer. Your aches, pains and restricted movement might not be related to your cancer diagnosis, or the could be totally unrelated to the cancer, i.e, osteoarthritis, sporting injury, etc.
There is a growing demand for Qualified oncology massage therapists, if you are a Therapist looking to enhance your knoweldge to improve the quality of life to cancer survivors please check out Susan Findlay's Oncology Course.
Using the massage mitts will give you a sense of control over your own symptoms of muscle soreness, pain and scarring by decreasing the adhesive qualities in the soft tissue and improving scar tissue elasticity' post operation.
Self-Massage will help you to feeling more confident in your own skin, to physically return to work, sport and other activities that enriched their lives before cancer. An help enable you to continue to enjoy activities that will add quality to your life. Gentle Massage techniques with the Mitts can significantly improve pain and restore function, especially post surgery. Surgery and radiotherapy can induce fascial dysfunction and restrictions. This may contribute to impaired joint mobility and function, and altered configerations of facia resulting in muscle imbalance and poor postural habits.
Many cancer survivors live with post cancer symptoms form the complications of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or targeted immunotherapy. These complications can my debilitating, distressing and can hinder their recovery process.
Self-Massage with the Mitts can help support the cancer survivor at various stages by providing a gentle self-management massage tool to promote and sustain recovery. The Mitts are effective for reducing the side effects of musculoskeletal complications of scar tissue, adhesion's and altered configurations of the fascial tissue to maintain range of movement, and to help minimsing the effects of lymphoedema.
A lots of cancer survivors post mastectomy, prostatectomy, and surgery for head and neck cancers benefit from being able to massage themselves.
What Research Tells Us
- Patients receiving massage therapy during and after their chemotherapy show a significant decrease in anxiety levels, and to be able to massage at home means they can have a massage at any time day or night when they need it.
- Cancer survors can experience high levels of pain after their treatment, but if they had a safe massaging tool to use at home when they could effectively and regularly use it to postively improve their quality of life, doing so gives them a greater sense of control.
- Surgery and radiotherapy can induce fascial dysfunction and restrictions. This may contribute to impaired joint mobility and function, and altered configerations of facia resulting in muscle imbalance and poor postural habits. Used requently with massage oil or in the shower with your usual shower products will help reduce your symptoms.
- Gentle massage techniques with the Mitts can significantly reduce pain and restore function, especially post breast surgery.
- A lots of cancer survivors post mastectomy, prostatectomy, and surgery for head and neck cancers benefit from being touched and being able to massage themselves.
- It provides reassurance and acceptance of the disfigured, altered part of their body and become less fearful of it.
- Patients tissue oxygenation levels can respond differently after radiotherapy treatments. Self-massage would increase tissue oxygenation early post-surgery and after chemo or radiotherapy treatment to benefit patients.
- Self-massage with the Mitts will also help patients to manage their depleted energy and fatigue, and could reduce their anxiety levels after their chemotherapy, or bring relief to their radiotherapy burns.
- Many patients after breast conserving and mastectomy surgery suffer from myofascial pain which can also cause neck pain. Myofascial pain in not uncommon in terminally ill patients. Fascia is very resilient, being able to self-massage symptoms will bring a new perspectives for both patients, clinicians and researchers regarding the functional integration of fascia within the musculoskeletal system.