Chemotherapy and Massage || Massage Therapy Articles

Chemotherapy and Massage

11 Questions to Ask Your Clients
By Tracy Walton

Originally published in Massage Bodywork magazine, May/June 2011.
Copyright 2011. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

My work with people with cancer engages my hands and my whole heart. As my hands travel across the body, each client's story expands my heart and skills a bit. Also, because of this work, both sides of my brain get exercise. The right side is making intuitive decisions, and the left side is processing the multiple side effects and massage adjustments that come with chemotherapy.

In this article I highlight some of the interviewing and decision-making processes I use when working with people in chemotherapy. I emphasize the effects of chemotherapy, the interview questions we use to target those effects, and concrete massage adjustments for some key side effects. When I work with medically complex clients, I need specific, concrete guidelines, so I've worked to provide them for other therapists as well. I hope the following information can make massage better, more tolerable, and potentially more helpful to people in chemotherapy. Read more:

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