I am not a 'writer', but I do love to teach and this a fantastic forum for that, I will talk about what I know and sometimes challenge conventional thinking on a variety of subjects but I will never be intentionally disrespectful.
Having said that though, I might ruffle the odd feather sometimes.
Thanks for listening.
I have been a massage therapist for 20 plus years. If you have been following my blogs and career then you may well know that I consider myself a holistic practitioner. This means that I treat the body as a whole; I understand the complex interplay between different parts of the body and the symptoms that dysfunction in one of them can precipitate in another. It is for this reason that I work with a medley of other experts in their fields, ranging from Pilates specialists to nutritionists. When I use this approach I know that my clients are receiving the best possible care, even if it is not all from me. It is absolutely crucial to any practitioner to prioritise client wellness over everything else.
Right from the start, I want to make it clear that you can pretty much find studies that will counter act other studies. The intention of this article is to highlight what is being discussed at the moment, and give the opportunity for both sides to be heard. There is, and always has been, an element of controversy when it comes to massage therapy and cancer. Some things we know, and some things we do not.
Endurance athletes, while being incredibly fit, are not necessarily very healthy. The demands placed on their bodies by intense and prolonged training regimes can leave them with high levels of inflammation – something that is linked to immunosuppression and potentially an increased risk of cancer. This article describes how massage can be used to reduce inflammation levels in athletes, helping perhaps to reduce their risk of cancer, as well as in patients with cancer to improve their well-being through the course of their disease and its treatment.
Historically, massage has mistakenly been viewed as a contraindication for clients who are currently undergoing treatment for, or who have a history of cancer. Traditionally, it was believed that massage could exacerbate the problem by spreading the illness throughout the body, or even be passed on to the masseuse. With advancements in science and a more comprehensive understanding of how the body works, we now know these ideas to be myths.
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