Is Massage Effective for Reducing Pain in Patrients with a Cancer Diagnosis?

How to Reduce Cancer Related Pain 


by Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT

As an oncology trained massage therapist trained in San Diego, I am interested in scientific research studying the effect of massage therapy on the side effects of cancer treatment including chemotherapy and radiation. One major side effect of cancer treatment is pain.

There is a study titled 'Meta-analysis of Massage Therapy on Cancer Pain' published in Integrative Cancer Therapies that shows "massage therapy significantly reduced cancer pain compared with no massage treatment or conventional care" and that "massage is effective for the relief of cancer pain, especially for surgery-related pain. Among the various types of massage, foot reflexology appeared to be more effective than body or aroma massage."


Read the full study here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273784974_Meta-Analysis_of_Massage_Therapy_on_Cancer_Pain

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