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Massage as a Natural Treatment for Kidney Cancer

If you’ve had medical treatments for kidney cancer and are experiencing symptoms like fatigue, lack of energy, nausea, headaches, and pain, it’s possible that massage may help you find relief.

In previous studies, massage has been found to be effective the following:

  • cancer-related fatigue
  • reducing pain after operations
  • boosting the immune system
  • relieving nausea in cancer patients
  • increasing lymphatic drainage
  • relieving depression and anxiety
  • reducing tension in the muscles
  • improving joint range of motion

Massage, a natural treatment for kidney cancer, can transport you from a point of pain to a place where you can focus on everything the massage therapist is doing. The therapists’ touch is a loving one, and the love will go a long way towards healing.

Considerations about Surgery

Always check with your doctor to see if it’s ok to get a massage. Remember that most doctors have never had a massage, and they may not familiar with the variety of types, let alone how they all heal.

If you’ve had surgery, wait until the incision heals before getting a massage in that area. However, surgery wouldn’t stop you from getting a head and scalp massage, or a neck/shoulders/upper back/upper chest massage in a chair.
You could also have a foot reflexology massage, for which you can remain in bed while the massage therapist works on your feet, pressing points that open up into the different organs and tissues of the body.

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What Cancer Patients have in Common

There is one principle to consider if you have kidney cancer; every cancer patient needs extra help with detoxification.

Since the natural treatment of massage increases detox effects in the body, go slow when you start out until your body can handle a full massage. Thus, your first massage might only be ten minutes, as opposed to the usual forty-five minute or one hour long massage. Start out with foot reflexology style massages, perhaps one every other day for the first week before adding a ten-minute chair massage. Then have ten-minute of foot reflexology massage plus the ten-minute chair massage every other day for the next two weeks. Of course, this should be tailored to how you feel, and your personal massage therapist will make recommendations to you along the way.

Then you could progress to a full back massage without the foot reflexology and chair massage. By this point, you should be feeling great, and certainly much better than when you started.

Massage effects are cumulative so the more often you go for them, the greater the rewards. When selecting a massage therapist, make sure they have been professionally schooled at a massage college, make sure they have been licensed, and that they have been working on patients for at least five years. Now get started!

Donna SchwontkowskiDonna Schwontkowski

Dr. Donna Schwontkowski is a retired chiropractor with two degrees in nutrition and a Master's in herbology. She is convinced that every illness can be improved significantly through diet and nutritional protocols.

Aug 18, 2014
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