- A light or soft pressure massage: Those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation should NOT get a deep tissue or a deep pressure massage seeing as it can cause more pain than relief
- Lymphatic Drainage: If you are someone who suffers from lymph nodes, then a lymphatic drainage can be used with a light touch around the affected arm and area under your arm.
- Swedish Massage: This type of massage has a light touch to it with long, soft strokes. It is good for patients currently undergoing treatment.
- Oncology Massage: Usually offered to those undergoing treatment by some cancer clinics as a complementary service to help with reducing and alleviating the symptoms caused by breast cancer.
*A deep tissue massage can be used by cancer patients AFTER treatment is finished. Not during treatment.*
How Can A Massage Help You With Other Areas Of Your Life?
A good massage can make your day better because of the physical tension that gets released when you get one. It can also help your mental health because it helps reduce anxiety flare-ups and depressive episodes, which can cause you to think positive thoughts.
It can allow you to get more done throughout the day because you are physically able to do so, now that you’re not suffering from any muscle pain and pressure. Overall a good massage can make your days easier.
If you are interested in getting a massage as a breast cancer patient, survivor, or for whatever other reason you may have that requires one, make sure you do your research and find the right therapist who specializes in patients similar to you. Sometimes all it takes is a little relaxation to ease the pain.