HOSPITAL-BASED ONCOLOGY MASSAGE

The field of oncology massage has grown leaps and bounds over the past decade. With the increase in evidence-based, peer review research around the efficacy and effectiveness of oncology massage, more and more massage therapists are being trained in this needed and meaningful field. More importantly, more and more cancer patients are receiving the healing power of touch.

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LIVING WITH TMJD

Everyone has a temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It allows you to chew food, talk and open your jaw to sing. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) manifests in many ways, such as pain in the face, ears, neck and shoulder; sinus pain; pain when chewing or talking; jaw clicking or popping; headaches; and locking jaw. Often people suffering with these symptoms develop social and emotional complications as well. Social anxiety can develop from the embarrassment of not being able to properly….

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BECOME A MASSAGE THERAPIST

Over the years many studies have shown a massage has amazing benefits to our overall wellness, such as reduced stress, improved range of motion and reduced pain. However, we rarely have a chance to discuss the benefits of giving a massage. Becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) is an incredible journey, and often, an incredible career. Learning to become a massage therapist can benefit all age groups and walks of life; such as recent high-school graduates, single parents and even those....

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HAVING SURGERY? - CONSIDER MASSAGE TO HELP YOU RECOVER

Surgery, while often a necessity, can be a traumatic event, causing pain and discomfort to the body. Research indicates many patients descend into chronic post-surgical pain. This is any pain that lasts two to three months after a surgical procedure. The question has to be asked: How can you manage chronic pain until your body has had a chance to recover from a surgical procedure?


While pain management is often a varied and multi-piece puzzle, massage should always be considered as part of the plan. With a few modifications to normal massage methods, anyone can safely receive a post-surgery massage and benefit from its use in pain and anxiety management. Indeed, post-surgical massage isn’t just for pain alone. Massage may help reduce inflammation, drain lymphatic build-up and reduce pressure on achy joints. All are great results for post-surgery care.


Knowing all the benefits of post-surgery massage will probably leave you wondering, “When can I begin to receive massage?” It is true that an hour-long, full-body massage is generally not possible directly after a surgical procedure. But receiving a 15-minute hand/foot massage is very safe and is still useful for reducing systemic pain and anxiety. A massage therapist can gently work the hands and feet of a surgical patient, potentially helping them relax and unwind. This also tricks the body into ignoring some of the pain it might be sensing.  


One to two weeks after the procedure, after conferring with your doctor, a post-surgical patient can begin to receive longer massages. If the client can lie comfortably on a massage table, a trained massage therapist would be able to administer the massage in a more routine fashion. While taking into account the surgical site, the LMT will adjust the pressure and speed of the massage to meet the needs of the healing body. If the patient cannot lie on the table in a traditional fashion, the LMT can use bolsters and props to make the client as comfortable as possible.


One form of massage to consider post surgery is lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic massage works with the lymph system of the body to drain excess fluid. It uses a very light touch and can be very relaxing. It can aid in the healing process by helping reduce swelling in the body and around the surgical site. Since the lymph system functions with the immune system, a session of lymphatic drainage can help boost the body’s lowered defenses.


All these potential benefits are available to post-surgical patients. If you have a

surgical procedure scheduled and you’re curious about using massage as a pain management tool, your first step would be consulting your doctor and surgeon. Next, you can contact the clinic at Lexington Healing Arts Academy at (859) 252-5656 ext. 1 for help in finding the perfect massage therapist for your post-surgical pain management. LHAA has been providing massage to the Lexington area for nearly 20 years and has a myriad of experienced LMTs ready to help you.


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JEFF ZUTANT

Jeff Zutant is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) and a staff member at Lexington Healing Arts Academy. Beyond his role as massage therapist Jeff coordinates the academy's compliance efforts including student retention and placement.  

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