Massaging someone with cancer was once a contra indication for massage therapists because it was believed that it might spread cancer cells. We now know that this is not the case. In fact Oncology Massage has become part of managing symptoms experienced during cancer treatments in cancer centres and hospitals all over the world, due to its effect of reducing pain, fatigue, anxiety, nausea and depression.

  • Nausea improved by 47%
  • Fatigue improved by 42%
  • Anxiety improved by 51%
  • Depression improved by 48% (1)

Oncology Massage can help with symptoms experienced during conventional cancer treatments and can be very helpful at any time after diagnosis, bearing in mind that this type of massage is very different to the Deep Tissue and even Swedish (Relaxation) Massage techniques generally used in the industry.

It is a specific, light touch massage, which can improve general well being at a time when the body’s resources are depleted.  Oncology Massage can be done during treatments ie during chemo therapy to reduce nausea and anxiety or after to ease fatigue and depression.

‘It reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatments of cancer and the symptoms of the disease process itself.’ (1)

frozen shoulder


What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is a condition which starts as pain into the shoulder and progresses gradually into restriction of almost all ranges of movement. For some, the pain worsens at night which can disrupt sleep. It most commonly affects women 40-60 years of age but men can also be affected. The causes of frozen shoulder are unknown but it is usually more prevalent in people who have had prior shoulder related injuries or trauma which have caused the affected shoulder to be immobilised for a period of time.


What is Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is caused by an overload of the lymphatic system resulting  in a swelling of one or more regions of the body. It is not curable but can be managed.

There are two main categories of Lymphoedema

a) Primary Lymphoedema: caused by a malformation of lymphatic vessels and/or nodes and might not appear till later on in life. 

b) Secondary Lymphoedema:  is caused by damage to the lymphatic system, mostly the axillary and inguinal lymph nodes.

Most frequently secondary lymphoedema occurs after surgery and radiation treatment for cancer. An oedema may develop directly after treatment or over time as a result of a chronic overload of the lymphatic system.

There can be various complications with Lymphoedema of which Cellulitis is the most common one.