There is ongoing research in the field regarding of the benefits of massage therapy with manual therapy. (Massage) Research suggests that massage therapy may be helpful for common symptoms and side effects of cancer, including pain, anxiety, fatigue, nausea and depression. Of these, some of the strongest research support is for relief of pain and anxiety. Below you will find a variety of links related to all levels of research beginning with a case study to Meta –Analysis.
1 . Case Study
- Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms reduced in one patient from grade 2 to grade 1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=217661611
Chemotherapy- induced neuropathy (CIPN) symptoms reduced in one patient from grade 2 to grade 1, improved quality of life.
2. Case Series
- Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer center. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=15336336
Drops in all 5 symptoms after singe session (1290 in & outpatients) Pain, Nausea,Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression
3. RCT-Randomized Clinical Trial
- Effects of massage on pain,mood status,relaxation and sleep in Taiwanese patients with metastatic bone pain.Pain 152(2011) 2432-2442
“In this investigation, MT was shown to have beneficial within-or between -subjects effects on pain, mood, muscle relaxation and sleep quality….that massage resulted in a linear trend of improvements in mood and relaxation over time.
4. Systematic review
- Massage therapy for breast cancer patients http://annonc.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/6/1459.full.pdf+htm
… “The evidence indicates that massage therapy is useful as a supportive measure for treating symptoms of breast cancer.”
- Analysis of Massage Therapy on Cancer Pain. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=25784669
“Massage therapy significantly reduced cancer pain compared with no massage treatment or conventional care.”…