**During and after chemo treatment, only have massage with an oncology-trained massage therapist. See info below.
Massage Therapy is a complementary treatment for cancer used as a method to help with the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment. Massage therapy may help with pain, cancer-related fatigue, anxiety, nausea and quality of life. Before pursuing massage therapy, speak with your oncologist about any precautions or concerns they may have for you and communicate these things with your massage therapist.
Medicine Hands of Colorado
Cheryl A. Johnson, CMT & Cindi S. Vogt, LMT
3460 S Sherman St, Suite 201, Englewood, Colorado 80113
“The medical massage therapy team at Medicine Hands currently provides services in numerous hospital and rehabilitation sites and for private physician groups throughout the Denver metro area. The Medicine Hands Referral Network is a program designed to connect patients and their caregivers to highly skilled and credentialed medical massage therapists throughout Colorado. If you or your loved one are facing the many challenges of treatment, massage can be your ally.”
Society for Oncology Massage
“Oncology massage is the adaptation of massage techniques to safely nurture the body of someone affected by cancer or its treatments….. Massage can make your cancer journey easier...but not just any massage: an oncology massage. Many of the body's responses to cancer and cancer treatment require changes to massage therapy. A properly trained therapist should be able to tell you why and how…
If you are currently receiving treatment or have ever received treatment for cancer in your life the safest way for you to get massage is to find a massage therapist who has had appropriate training in the specifics of cancer and cancer treatment and how to use a knowledge of those specifics to provide safely adapted massage therapy for people at all stages of the cancer journey….
An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery….
S4OM is a non-profit organization that offers a searchable index of oncology massage therapists who have the necessary specialized training and who subscribe to the S4OM Standards of Practice. Currently, the Society for Oncology Massage is the only entity that requires proof of training and competency for listing in its locator service.”
Hand And Stone
"Our Oncology Massage is a compassionate approach to Massage Therapy. Our specially trained Massage Therapists will customize your massage to help cancer survivors heal physically, emotionally and spiritually and provide an overall sense of well-being. Oncology Massage Therapy promotes greater health and can help the body function more effectively. A Doctor’s note is required prior to massage if the following conditions apply; diagnosed with and/or currently receiving or have received in the last 6 months chemo/radiation therapy and/or lymph nodes have been removed in the past 12 months. We will only perform a light touch massage to the side where lymph nodes were removed. Oncology Massage Therapy is available only at a limited number of Hand & Stone spas. Call spa for availability and details and to book your service."
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