Massage Benefits Women with Breast Cancer
Massage therapy reduced depression, anxiety and anger in women with breast cancer, and increased their levels of dopamine, serotonin, natural killer cells and lymphocytes, according to recent research.
"Breast cancer patients have improved immune and neuroendocrine functions following massage therapy"
Research was conducted by the Touch Research Institutes, Department of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology Clinics, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Results of the questionnaires showed that women in the massage-therapy group had reduced anxiety, depression, anger and hostility.
"In the current study, massage therapy was found to be a safe treatment, as no adverse effects were reported, and massage was found to positively impact the psychology, immunology, and biochemistry of women with breast cancer," state the study’s authors.
Studies have demonstrated that massage can offer some health benefits for people with cancer. Massage has been found to be helpful for:
- immune function
- Decreased ROM
Breast cancer survivors have reported that the physical contact of massage eases the feeling of being a stranger in their own body, a transition that can help them find comfort in their new physical form.
Massage can be a way to reconnecting with your body in a positive way.