Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

Massage Therapy For Breast Cancer PatientsWhat is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a manual method of working on body’s soft tissues, deep muscles, various pressure points, tendons and ligaments using several techniques and applying fixed and movable pressure, to help relieve stress, promote healing and relaxation. The massage is performed by a professional who uses their hands and fingers to handle different muscles by making various movements like pressing and rubbing. All of these techniques are quite advantageous for the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems of the body. Owing to these great benefits, massage therapy for cancer patients is now becoming common.

One of the oldest method of healing, massage therapy, is a clinically oriented health care option, now used widely as a complementary treatment for cancer patients. Massage therapy helps people suffering from cancer by eliminating anxiety, boosting the immunity, and diminishing tiredness and pain. Various modalities of massage therapy are employed for cancer care. Some of them are Swedish massage, aromatherapy massage, acupressure, and reflexology.

How Does Massage Therapy Work?

There are various varieties of massage therapies available, and the therapy offered will depend upon the patient’s individual needs and conditions.

In Swedish massage multiple strokes and moments are used to relax the muscles of the body while lubricating the skin with massage oil. While aromatherapy focuses on the physical, and mental well-being of the person. Various fragrant oils and scents are used to complement and naturally enhance the benefits of massage. Acupressure simply thought as acupuncture without needles, involves applying pressure to acupoints on the body. This Chinese technique is used to treat many diseases.  Reflexology, another modality of massage therapy, is the application of appropriate pressure, to the specific points on the hands, feet or ears that are linked to other parts of the body.

All these approaches and various massage methods emphasize on specific goals by restoring and calming the body and mind, muscles and soft tissues. When a massage therapist massages a particular area of the body, positive electrical activity is generated and transmitted from that region, which leads to increased blood circulation, low levels of pain, better capability to fight diseases, and an increased lymphatic drainage. Massage therapy helps in lowering stress levels and improves quality of life.

Advantages of Massage Therapy with Different Types of Cancer

As per above discussions, there are many different kinds of massage therapy and these have various effects on the body. There are different types of cancer, and their stages and treatment are also variable. All forms of cancer cause pain, it is very prevalent amongst cancer patients and often neglected by physicians. Massage therapy for cancer patients is used increasingly to relieve cancer-related pain and is considered useful and beneficial for their well-being, leading to decreased pain scores in cancer patients. It also helps in relieving other symptoms of cancer such tiredness, difficulty in sleeping, reducing stress and anxiety, decreasing lymphedema and several other side effects, providing healing and relaxation to the cancer patients. A research conducted with 230 cancer patients concluded that healing touch of massage relieves pain and anxiety levels and decreases the need to take painkillers. Massage therapy is also of great advantage in breast cancer patients. The therapeutic process elevates the level of brain chemical  “dopamine “in the brain,  which leads to elevated mood and feeling to goodness and wellbeing, a number of protective white blood cells also increase and help boost the immune system of these patients.

Does Massage Therapy Cause Metastasis?

Metastasis is the spread of cancer from one part of the body to other parts. Although there are various debates and myths present, linking massage to metastasis of cancer, there is no real evidence present to support, that massage therapy in cancer patients leads to or promotes metastasis. Massage therapy for cancer patients is considered safe and rather helpful for the those suffering from cancer. However, any modality of massage therapy, which the patient may plan to undertake, should be properly discussed with the doctor, as there might be potential risk involved for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer.

However, it is the subject of debate that deep pressure massage therapy might be responsible for the spread of tumor and metastasis of cancer in various body organs. It is, therefore, crucial that one should not directly massage over the tumor area, and it’s surrounding soft tissues and muscles. Deep massage therapy should be avoided in people with bone cancer as deep massage and application of pressure applied over the affected area might cause a bone fracture.

Does Massage Therapy Decrease the Side Effects of Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is used to treat a wide variety of cancer. Chemotherapy, in addition to the killing of cancer cells, causes severe side effects like anxiety, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, problems with muscle and nerves, muscle pain, kidney and bladder problems. Massage therapy for cancer patients not only helps in dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy but also enhances the positive impact of chemo. The relaxation response caused by massage therapy helps relieve nausea and decreases muscle pain. In 2005, a research stated that acupressure, a type of massage therapy, reduces vomiting and nausea, induced by chemotherapy. Another research study conducted in 2007 stipulated that post- chemotherapy fatigue, physical fatigue, and anemia is reduced after massage therapy in cancer patients.

Does Massage Therapy Decrease the Side Effects of Radiation?

Radiation therapy, also known as radiation or radio, is another form of cancer treatment that relies on radio waves to treat the tumor and decrease its size. However its side effects are also massive and troublesome, they can include, for instance, insomnia, fatigue, hair loss, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, swelling, urinary and bladder changes, and sexual changes. There is an established role of massage therapy in fighting the side effects of radiotherapy. It counters the damaging effects of heat and radiation by healing and soothing through touch. In 2009, a pilot study that included 14 cancer patients receiving acupuncture for four weeks, concluded that massage therapy in these patients relieved Xerostomia, a condition caused by radiation in which salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva that can in turn lead to severe dryness of mouth.

Does Massage Therapy Stimulate the Immune System?

Massage therapy boosts the immune system by increasing the circulation of blood throughout the body. The enhanced circulation of blood leads to delivery of nutrients throughout the body, along with the circulation of lymph, which promotes movement of fighter cells of immune system. The extra boost in immune system through massage helps body fighting potential and speeds up recovery from infection and injury.

Does Massage Therapy Increase Quality of Life?

Massage therapy for cancer patients enhances the quality of life. Massage therapy increases circulation of blood and metabolism, hence activating every cell of the body, increasing immunity, and in the rejuvenation of body and mind. It was proven in 2003 by Department of Mental health science in the UK.

Does Massage Therapy Increase the Survival Rate?

Physical symptoms of cancer are quite distressing for the patients battling cancer. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, pain and increased fatigue levels. Proper massage therapy along with exercise and change in diet positively affects up to 75 to 95% of cancer patients. Massage therapy for cancer patients leads to improved fatigue levels. The research was conducted by cancer rehabilitation institute at the University of North Colorado.

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References:

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Statin Cholesterol Drugs and Invasive Breast Cancer

Statin Cholesterol Drugs And invasive Breast Cancer TreatmentWhat does breast cancer do with cholesterol? Here are some of the potential mechanisms by which cholesterol boosts breast cancer growth. Cholesterol is what our body makes estrogen out of, it’s packaged into LDL, which we saw appeared to increase proliferation of breast cancer cells, decrease patient survival, and it’s a major component of lipid rafts.

Compared with their normal counterparts, cancer cells have higher levels of cholesterol-rich lipid rafts in their plasma membrane, which may be important for cancer cell survival, as well as serve in human cancer development in terms of tumor migration and invasion.

Elevated levels of cholesterol-rich lipid rafts have been found in breast cancer cells, and the thought is that reducing blood cholesterol levels may disrupt lipid raft formation and thereby inhibit breast cancer development. This suggests cholesterol targeting may be used as a cancer therapy.

Controlled laboratory experiments have shown that phytosterols in seeds and nuts at dietary relevant levels appear to inhibit the growth of several types of tumor cells including breast cancer cells, both estrogen-receptor negative and estrogen-receptor positive cancer.

The therapeutic implications are that plant-based diets rich in phytosterols may offer protection against the development of breast cancer. Of course you can’t make a lot of money on pumpkin seeds, so researchers looked to cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

However, evaluating the safety of statin therapy for women is particularly difficult. Little research has explicitly proceeded from a gender-based perspective. Some petri dish work looked promising, but population studies have shown mixed results. Some studies showed that women on statins had decreased breast cancer risk, some showed increased risk, and most showed no association. But these were all relatively short-term studies. So-called “long-term” statin use was defined as mostly just three to five years. Breast cancer can take decades to grow. The one study that looked at ten or more years of statin use only included 62 cases. Given the increase in statin use over the past few decades, and the fact that they’re commonly prescribed to be taken every day for the rest of people’s lives, the studies published to date have had limited ability to evaluate the impact of long durations of use. And we better figure this out. About one in four women over 45 in this country are on these drugs. But that was the only data we had, until now.

Thousands of breast cancer cases included, and long term statin users—women taking statins for ten years or more, had more than double the risk of both types of breast cancer: invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular carcinoma.

Now, the number one killer of women is heart disease, not breast cancer, so we still need to bring down cholesterol levels. But might there be a way to get the benefits without the risks. Plant-based diets have been shown to lower LDL-cholesterol by over 30%, within just a couple weeks, equivalent to most of the standard cholesterol lowering statin drugs without potential side effects such as increased breast cancer risk.

Doctor’s Note

If you missed the “prequel” video you might be confused about the role cholesterol plays in breast cancer risk. Watch Cholesterol Feeds Breast Cancer Cells.

Though as drugs go, statins are remarkably safe, they can present rare but serious side effects in both men and women: Statin Muscle Toxicity.

How can we lower cholesterol without drugs? It’s Purely a Question of Diet. We can lower our cholesterol by lowering our intake of three things: Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero. Where are trans fats found? Trans Fat In Meat And Dairy. Where is cholesterol found? Predominantly eggs: Eggs and Cholesterol: Patently False and Misleading Claims. There are also some foods adept at lowering cholesterol levels:

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.
Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Learn Natural Breath Breathing Exercise For Breast Cancer Treatment

Yogic Breathing For Breast Cancer

By; Diana Ross E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Learning breath exercises will aide in the recovery process from breast cancer. First it is important to learn to breath correctly. Breathing correctly is done by taking in air deeply through the nostrils so that the lungs expand. Second, learn to use breath exercises so that they are used as treatments for specific situations, such as stress reduction or increase energy.

Natural Breath is used for stress management because it has the most calming effect of all the breaths. This breath reduces stress and tension by turning off the sympathetic “fight or flight” autonomic response.

Positions for breathing exercises during breast cancer therapy can be done in either a seated, laying down, or even in a standing position. However, you must be in a comfortable position so that the mind stays focused. Make a conscious decision to start with 5 to 10 minutes a day of deep breathing.

Benefits

  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Promotes diaphragmatic breathing
  • Supports expansion and relaxation of thoracic cavity
  • Reduces lumbar spasm and pain
  • Massages digestive organs and increases peristalsis
  • Relieves constipation
  • Stimulates flow of bile
  • Increases venous return and lymphatic drainage
  • Turns off sympathetic “fight or flight autonomic response”
  • Has one of the most calming effect of all the breaths

Instructions

  1. INHALE, drawing breath in through the nostrils, down deep into lower lungs; lower lungs expand and belly extends out.
  2. EXHALE, gently draw naval back towards the backbone releasing air from lower lungs through the nostrils.
  3. Let there be a natural pause of transition before you inhale again.
  4. Continue to lengthen and balance natural breath for up to five minutes.
  5. Continue and then begin to lengthen exhale; moving the breath into a 1 to 2 ratio.

Breathing exercise program aides in breast cancer recovery along with other benefits that a person gets by practicing it. Make a conscious decision to start with 5 to 10 minutes a day of deep breathing. Along with daily breathing techniques we encourage an anti-cancer lifestyle. This is a lifestyle that includes a variety of exercise, organic foods, clean, pure water and air. There are a few easy steps to keep the body safe and healthy on your road to recovery from breast cancer. Cultivate awareness of what goes into your body; stop and take notice of habits.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

Breath Importance Breathing Exercise CD's From Breast Cancer Yog

My Coffee Enema Breaks – No Cream and No Sugar

Complementary Treatments Coffee EnemaDiana Ross, ERYT 500, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Still moving right along with all my cancer protocols and this one treatment, coffee enemas is a key one. I started off doing 4 to 5 a day and then decided enough already and am down to a manageable 2 a day. Here in lies the key or operative word – manageable. If you are truly serious about transforming your health in a dramatic way, implementing coffee enemas into your regular routine is essential for achieving the life-changing results you need to drastically improve your health or in my case rid yourself of cancer. This goes for anyone. There are good reasons for incorporating coffee enemas, for example:

Coffee enemas reduce your system toxicity dramatically by 700%. Coffee enemas when prepared a specific way stimulate the production of glutathione S-transferase (GST) in the liver. It is spoken that GST is the “Master Detoxifier” in the body. This powerful enzyme binds with toxins throughout the body and flushes them out during the enema process.

Coffee enemas cleanse and heal the colon, digestive tract and manage peristalsis. These enemas cleanse and flush the digestive tract and colon without disrupting the beneficial intestinal tract flora. When you continue to routinely use coffee enemas your digestive tract will stay clean and free of debris and toxic buildup. Plus the peristalsis will move food through the digestive track and organs that connect to the bladder and kidneys.

Coffee Enemas increase energy, improves mental clarity and mood. Coffee enemas remove toxic sludge, help with decreased oxygen or clogged intestines which leaves someone fatigued and depleted. By direct absorption of caffeine and palmitates into the bloodstream, it stimulates and releases bile and the efficient removal of toxic waste. This can be so powerful that people remarkably feel an instant surge of energy, and a “feel good” mood.

Coffee enemas knock out parasites, and candida. When we expose ourselves to chemicals in the air, water, food and environment we expose ourselves to parasites and toxins. There is a build up unless we actually do detox programs or coffee enemas which help to irrigate and flush out these impurities. I would also recommend a full Parasite Detox program as well. We can infest our body again and again.

Coffee enemas help to detox and repair the liver. It isn’t uncommon to have bloating, stomach pain, gas and other problems associated with poor digestion. The liver has a big job and we overburden it with all that we ingest. This is especially true if you are doing any chemotherapy. You want your liver to be in tip top shape. Here is where coffee enemas help the livers function in unloading all the toxins. This gives the liver a chance to repair itself too.

Coffee enemas help to decrease pain. This is one of the biggest reasons my sister, Valarie (who recently died of liver cancer) used coffee enemas. It helped her manage her pain. It can offer powerful analgesic benefits.

Coffee enemas heal and prevent chronic illness. As we get older our body increasing needs to be nurtured more and more, otherwise illness can set in and become chronic. Coffee enemas are by far one of the most effective way to cleanse the body of debris. If you have cancer, a chronic illness, or any debilitating disease I would highly recommend using coffee enemas.

Dr. Gerson, the doctor I originally followed placed so much emphasis on doing coffee enemas as the key ingredient to cancer-curing. I personally love my “coffee breaks”. I get to stop, rest and welcome a healing.

Resources:
History, Research and Clinical Trials
Enema Kits
How To Make & Use A Coffee Enema

Precaution With every activity – especially those concerning your health – have risks and coffee enemas are not free from risks. However, many of us are willing to assume risk in our lives because of the benefits.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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