• Massage for lingering side effects?

    Asked by nancyjac on Tuesday, June 5, 2012

    Massage for lingering side effects?

    The other day I posted an update on my WhatNext page about 6 side effects I am still experiencing post chemo and surgery. It occurred to me this morning that 4 of them (peripheral neuropathy, fluid pockets around surgical scar areas, off and on edema in ankles and feet, and arthritis in one knee) might be benefited from some sort of massage. Actually the arthritis probably has nothing to do with cancer treatments but maybe could benefit from massage.

    This is an area I have little to no personal experience with so looking for info and experiences other have had with these or similar lingering side effects. Also, whether or not message treatments for medical reasons are typically covered by insurance.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • PinkD's Avatar

      An acquaintance who was diagnosed about a month after I was found someone who specialized in massage of scar tissue to keep it from getting too fibrous. I was too "healed up" when she told me about it to use this woman's services, but I share this to let you know that there are people who do massage for very specialized circumstances. Finding those people might be a challenge, depending on where you live. This acquaintance of mine used a lot of alternative therapies and I think it was because of being in that community that she found the massage therapist. You might ask around about chiropractors who do massage because that might be easier to get covered by insurance. Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • GRACENOW's Avatar

      I received massage all through radiation and chemo. It certainly helped. You will need to find someone who either specializes in oncology massage or knows a great deal about it as there is a protocol with cancer patients. I also got permission from my oncologist who is very aware of the benefits. You can also check with The American Cancer Society for qualified massage therapists in your area...they may be able to help.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I talked to my radiation oncologist about this yesterday and she has referred me to a rehab center associated with a local hospital that has all kinds of outpatient services including lymphatic massage and drainage and various treatments for nerve and muscular conditions. I'm waiting for them to contact me to set something up. Since the referral is coming from one of my doctor's, I'm told my insurance should cover it.

      over 4 years ago
    • TubThumping's Avatar

      I get massages on a regular basis. It started out to be for scar adhesion and chronic muscles spasm where the reconstruction in my back took place. It was awesome, very helpful and I am addicted.
      I just had to find someone who was comfortable touching me, and he is great.

      over 4 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Hi nancyjac: I'm a massage therapist myself and I got plenty of massage during my treatment phase (and still do) and found it absolutely helped with scar tissue, stress reduction (which is never a bad thing!), arthritic joints (especially when paired with essential oils), not to mention sore muscles. Some doctors will say that the only time you need to be cautious of doing massage with cancer patients is when there are active cells present in the lymphatic fluid because it could be a way of spreading the disease around. But even if that were the case for me, having a pair of healing hands on my body so far outweighs the small chance of spreading cells - I would take that risk (strictly speaking for myself)!

      My massage association is ABMP - Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals - and they will help you find a therapist near you. Go to www.abmp.com. Hope that helps!

      over 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I had massages during my chemo treatments, and really helped to get the stress and aches out of my body. The massage place wanted a letter from my Onc saying I could have a massage and what if any type they should do or not do. Then they recommended one of the masseuse's who has a gentle touch. She is everything I needed at the end of a chemo treatment when I finally felt like I could get out of the house.

      I just had my 1st massage after chemo on 10/1/12 and was hoping it would help with my new symptom of 24*7 hands and feet tingling which can last a couple of months. Tingling still here but hoping that her working on my calf muscles to improve blood flow to feet will have an effect eventually.

      about 4 years ago

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