If you have cancer, you know how scary this diagnosis can be. What’s more, the treatments that accompany this diagnosis often come with frustrating side effects, like fatigue and nausea.
And while having cancer doesn’t always cause pain, up to 64% of people experience cancer-related pain. This can make it harder to tolerate your treatments and carry on with your regular activities.
The compassionate providers at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia, provide effective medical and therapeutic support for cancer patients in Northern Virginia and the DC Metro area—including those struggling with cancer pain.
Many of our patients ask about oncology massages and whether they’re an effective therapy for easing pain and providing relief. Keep reading to learn what you need to know about this non-invasive treatment.
Understanding oncology massages
Oncology massages are designed to help with the symptoms of cancer and the side effects the treatments often bring. This integrative therapy isn’t used as a cancer treatment, but it can provide significant relief for cancer patients.
Like other types of massage, this therapy involves a skilled practitioner rubbing your muscles and skin using various massage techniques, such as:
- Gentle massage
- Classic massage
- Swedish massage
- Aromatherapy massage
- Myofascial massage
- Deep tissue massage (usually after treatment is complete)
Your massage therapist works with you to choose the right type of massage based on your symptoms and type of cancer.
Oncology massages for cancer pain
At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, patients ask our providers if oncology massage is an effective therapy for managing cancer pain. While the answer depends somewhat on the nature of your cancer and specific situation, research supports its use as a pain-reducing therapy.
Getting a massage releases chemicals in your brain, called endorphins, which reduce pain and help you feel more relaxed. The good news doesn’t stop there, however. These massages offer other benefits, including:
- Better circulation
- Reduced production of stress hormones
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved mood and sense of calm
- Improvements in fatigue, anxiety, and nausea
A recent study showed that oncology massage not only helps with cancer pain related to the disease, but it also helps with cancer-related pain after surgical interventions.
Other tools for managing cancer pain
Pain related to cancer can be difficult to address, and it can be challenging to find other therapies that provide effective relief. That’s why the team at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists offer expert cancer pain care.
Your IPRMS provider offers specialized medical support to ease your pain, using an integrated approach that takes into account your current treatments, personal preferences, and symptoms. In addition to oncology massage, your personalized cancer pain management plan may include:
- Physical therapy
- Nerve blocks
- Steroid injections
- Anti-seizure medications
- Opioid pain medications (oral, injection, or skin patches)
You don’t have to face cancer pain alone. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone with a provider at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Northern Virginia.