Chemotherapy and Massage
Chemotherapy, the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells, leaves legendary side effects within the body. Because chemotherapy is delivered systemically, the drugs enter the body through the blood stream, wreaking havoc on both normal and abnormal cells. General side effects range from slight tiredness to exhaustion, drop in blood levels and platelets – all which cause easy bruising or bleeding. External effects include gastrointestinal, neurological, skin, and hair.
Massage therapy plays an important role in providing comfort and healing during all stages of chemotherapy treatments, addressing such side effects as anxiety, depression, fatigue, nausea, and pain. Furthermore, massage may help to promote sleep, making other side effects and symptoms more manageable.
While there is no scientific evidence to support the positive relationship between chemotherapy and massage, it is fair to say that massage has the potential to ease psychosocial problems that arise during any life-threatening health crisis.
Does it make sense to engage in massage therapy during your weight loss program? The answer would be a yes. Sure, no amount of massage is going to slim your figure down but it can certainly help in ways you may have never even thought of. It’s worth looking into and that’s why in this article you will see the benefits of massage therapy and it’s impact on weight loss.
According to various scientific studies, massage may aid in weight loss. Here’s how it works. It is thought that massage properly done is able to burst the fat capsule in subcutaneous tissue so that the fat exudes and becomes absorbed by the body. Just think of the implications for cellulite!
There was a study conducted on a test group of 85 women between the ages of 21 to 61 who had a wide range of initial weights and shapes. Out of 85 patients, 46 patients completed seven sessions of treatment and showed a mean index reduction in body circumference of 1.34 cm, while 39 patients who completed 14 sessions of treatments showed a mean index reduction in body circumference of 1.83 cm. A decrease in mean body circumference index was seen regardless of loss or gain in patients’ weight in most cases. Patients also showed improvement in body contour and skin texture.
Now with results like this, doesn’t it make sense to try massage therapy?
Let’s look at some of the other benefits of massage therapy and weight loss. Naturally you want to look good and massage can improve the appearance of your skin and its texture and shape – but the key is regular massage.
One of the biggest factors in any weight loss program is exercise. And if you’re sore all the time or you suffer an injury or overdid it from exercise – massage can get you back in the game burning calories. Here’s how.
Working out leaves waste products in your muscle tissues such as lactic and carbonic acid. By increasing circulation to these muscles, you eliminate this toxic debris and thus your recovery time is shortened.
Massage also improves circulation of your body, which aids in feeding oxygen and nutrients to your body, as it requires which means an overall better sense of well-being. Let’s face it; if you’re not sore and you feel pretty good, then exercising is something most people look forward to. But if you’re constantly sore, and feel a sense of malaise, then the motivation to exercise is non-existent for most people.
The bottom line is, massage therapy and weight loss go hand and hand. You’ll never drop serious weight from massage alone, but being able to consistently exercise and feel good will give you the impetus you need stick with your program when the going gets tough.
You could even purchase a set of good quality massage DVDs and teach yourself to massage. This could be especially beneficial if you’re losing weight with a partner or spouse. You’ll save big too; professional masseuses charge upwards of £35 (approx $50) an hour!
Article by Linda Moore, courtesy of SlimmingResources.com
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