MASSAGE THERAPY FOR BREAST CANCER SUPPORT
Massage therapy has been shown to have great benefits for breast cancer support. Massage plays an important role in recovery following breast surgery. It helps the body rid itself of toxins from the lymph glands, brings essential nutrients to the remaining tissues and helps restore muscle flexibility and range of motion.When the massage therapy treatment is performed by a registered massage therapist significant improvement in reducing stress, anxiety and depression have been shown. Long-term massage effects include reduced depression and hostility and increased urinary dopamine, serotonin values, NK cell number, and lymphocytes. Massage can also enhance one’s feeling of well-being. It can stimulate the nerve endings in the skin, release endorphins (the feel good hormone) and inhibit the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. It also improved immune function, including increased NK cell number in breast cancer patients. Additionally, breast cancer support and massage therapy have been shown to improve immune functions in patients.
Before starting any massage therapy treatments, be sure to consult your physician.