The Medi-Spa at Mercy offers therapeutic massage using a variety of specialized massage techniques.
Therapeutic Massage at The Medi-Spa at Mercy includes:
Oncology massage is a gentle, nurturing style of massage meant to sooth the body, mind and spirit of anyone who is dealing with the effects of cancer and the treatment of cancer (chemotherapy, radiation and surgery).
Nurturing touch by oncology massage therapists provides ease from pain, physical and emotional comfort and reinforces a positive connection to health. Because of this, oncology massage is available in many of the world's leading cancer hospitals including Mercy Medical Center.
Oncology massage is rarely covered by insurance but there are scholarships and programs available for free massages while hospitalized at Mercy. Gift certificates are also available.
How can Oncology Massage benefit a cancer patient?
Research has shown that massage can reduce the physical effects of cancer treatments including pain, nausea, vomiting and swelling or edema. It also supports health by reducing anxiety, depression, fear and isolation and can help with increased body image, feelings of acceptance and well being.
Oncology massage training addresses the full spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical consequences of cancer, the side effects of various treatments, and also emotional considerations. Your therapist will adapt his/her massage therapy techniques to your specific needs. In the words of one patient, oncology massage is like "a vacation from cancer."
Will massage cause my cancer to spread?
Some patients have expressed fear that massage may cause cancer to spread but current clinical research has shown that massage does not contribute to the spread of cancer. Our therapists will take into account your desires as well as the areas of cancer. If you have any concern talk to your therapist about her/his plan for your massage.
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Lymph Drainage Therapy
When our lymph circulation stagnates, the fluids, proteins, dead cells and toxins accumulate in the body which can lead to chronic inflammation, chronic pain, allergies and other physical ailments. Using a gentle touch, Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) works to help recirculate body fluids, stimulate the immune system, detoxify the body, and balance the autonomic nervous system. LDT can be experienced by those who simply wish to have a detoxification treatment, by those who suffer from some "Dis-Ease," and by people who have had lymph nodes removed due to cancer or infection and wish to help prevent lymphedema. *Please note that those who suffer from lymphedema need to seek treatment from someone trained to treat this condition.
A massage at any time during the 2nd and 3rd trimester of a pregnancy can help relieve muscle spasms and cramps especially in the back, neck and legs. Massage can increase blood and lymph circulation, help reduce swelling and offer a nurturing touch in a safe, relaxing environment. Women with high risk pregnancies are encouraged to come in for massage with the authorization of a physician or midwife.
Gift Certificates to The Medi-Spa at Mercy are available upon request.
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