Wyoming Oncology offers massage therapy as part of its wellness mission to help patients heal both the physical and emotional stress caused by cancer.
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy, which involves the manipulation of soft tissues and muscles to relax the body and improve quality of life, is one of the earliest healing arts and originated in China. Massage therapy dates back to 3000 B.C.
Is it safe?
Yes. Massage therapy can be provided safely for most cancer patients. Treatments are customized for each patient and take into account the type of cancer, areas that have been recently treated with radiation or surgery, and other relevant medical conditions. Close communication between the patient, physician and therapist allows for the safe delivery of massage while maximizing the therapeutic benefits.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Massage therapy complements standard cancer treatments by offering both physical and emotional benefits for patients at any stage of cancer care from diagnosis and treatment through recovery. Several studies demonstrate the extensive health benefits of massage including the management of many common symptoms and side effects associated with cancer and cancer treatment. Evidence supports that it may even help to boost the immune system. Benefits include:
- Strengthens immune system
- Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
- Relieves anxiety and stress
- Eases depression
- Reduces pain
- Promotes relaxation
- Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Enhances energy and alertness
Will insurance cover massage therapy?
Many commercial insurance carriers will pay for massage therapy service. For details on specific carriers, please contact our insurance specialist. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information please call 235-5433.
When is massage therapy offered?
- Tuesdays 9am – 1pm
- Wednesdays 1pm – 5pm
- Thursdays 11am – 2pm
- Fridays 9am – 1pm
Please visit the front desk or your patient guide for information or to make an appointment, and be sure to check our event calendar for more details or potential changes to the weekly schedule.