The National Cancer Institute now says over have of their facilities offer massage therapy as part of treatment for their patients.Of coarse this is great for patients going through harsh and difficult treatments, but is it just therapeutic?
Studies have shown that massage decreases anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue. These benefits can be extremely important to cancer patients, who are not only going through the stress of serious illness but are also having to handle the side effects of the medical treatments they go through; however, there are studies that show more benefits of massage therapy in cancer patients.
In 2007, a study out of Cedars-Sinai Hospital also found that gentle massage also increases cancer fighting lymphocytes. One of the largest studies came out of Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The study measured and reviewed the amount of pain, depression, stress, fatigue, and nausea over 1,200 cancer patients and 12 massage therapists. After the use of massage, score were cut in half; however, the effects were short term.
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