|Can you educate me more about oncology massage? I see lots of cancer patients.|
If I wanted to do something nice for the ladies in our offices ... and maybe a few of the docs who actually have enough time to be in their offices... (between 6 and 12 people, perhaps) what would we be talking about?
Doc, my oncology massage training was actually done through Desert Banner Hospital and is just a modality that trains you to deal mostly with current cancer patients, but also those in recovery or survivors who have had things like lymph nodes removed. I know for many many years the rumor was that massage 'spreads' the cancer but research has shown that is total nonsense and massage is just as safe for cancer as anything else they want to treat you with (hello radiation and chemo!).
For folks who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, oncology massage can give them the rest and relaxation they need which they don't get a lot of especially under chemo. It can help settle their stomachs along with general pain management. It seems a lot of the time that half hour or one hour massage a cancer patient receives may be the only amount of actual relaxation or rest they get the entire day. In a hospital setting I can do reflexology through the feet and hands along with adjusting the massage for those in a hospital bed.
Unfortunately I've also dealt with those who have been sent home from the hospital to die, and that of course is always tough. No one likes to hear 'there is nothing more we can do for you' so usually those situations start out as massage being part of their alternative treatment method and although the people are very sick, they are alert and believe they are going to beat this thing. Usually I only see these people for about a month and the last couple of appointments are more on the hospice side of just being there to give them comfort and some relaxation.
It of course is not very lucrative for me to constantly be dealing with patients who die, but hey I didn't get into massage to be rich! My goal has always been to get into a full-time position at one of the valley hospitals in their cancer centers, but the only place that even offers that position is Banner Desert and Good Sam and that therapist isn't leaving any time soon! I even applied out at the Cancer Treatment Center to no avail....so for now I just depend on references from family members or from those folks who get sent home from Banner.
As for the chair massage for your co-workers that would be pretty easy. We would just need to schedule a day and a time, and I can either be set up in, say an empty conference room, or go to their offices with my chair. Conference room would be easier. The massages are either 10 mins for $10 or 20 mins for $15, and those who wanted to participate could sign up on a sheet to make scheduling easier.
I'm printing out some new chair massage brochures this weekend so let me know if you want me to drop one in the mail to you.