Massage and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

Massage and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know
Nothing beats the therapeutic value of a massage after a hard day, and breast cancer treatment is a marathon of long, hard days. During this time, a trained massage therapist can help in many ways. Ease your pain.  Massage can reduce fatigue and soften muscles and connective tissues which might feel tight and uncomfortable. Cancer, stress, and side effects of treatment take a toll on the body, and the right massage can offer chemical-free relief. Reconnect you with your body.  The sensation of healing hands on your body can be a great reminder of the experience you’re undergoing and the strength you're demonstrating to get through it. Your practitioner’s hands on your own brave skin can offer support, validation, and comfort when you need it the most. Cheryl Chapman, nurse and massage therapist, says that “massage allows a woman to let go of fear, anger and loneliness and deal with her altered self-image.” MORE: 4 equipment-free exercises that can help you improve your balance Restore your spirit Part of the massage experience, for many people, is a spiritual connection that transcends the physical experience happening in the room. The energy exchanged between the practitioner and the recipient can lift up both people, and that healing is especially beneficial in the atmosphere of breast cancer treatment. Before you schedule your next massage, talk to your doc! According to Lora Packel MS,
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