Massage Therapy

Highlands Oncology offers personalized massage to meet the unique needs of our patients. Our massage therapists are specialized in oncology massage to assure compassionate and safe techniques to address symptoms of cancer as well as side effects of treatment.

Potential Benefits of Oncology Massage

  • Relaxation 1,6
  • Less stress and anxiety 1,7
  • Chemotherapy-related nausea 7,8
  • Pain control 2,3,7
  • Prevention of peripheral neuropathy when treated with paclitaxel 4
  • Enhanced well-being during palliative care 1
  • Fatigue 5, 7

Cautions and Risks:

It is important to discuss massage therapy with your physician prior to scheduling. Potential risks or indications of the need to avoid massage may be any current infections, low white blood cell count, low platelet count, high risk of fractures, current skin breakdown, current or suspected blood clots, reactions or sensitivities to lotions or massage oils. We also ask avoidance of scheduling massage within 24hrs before or after a PET scan.

Each patient’s massage is designed for their specific needs while taking into account their condition, symptoms, treatment type, and response to treatment. Many massage and bodywork modalities are available including:

  • Relaxing Swedish Massage
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • Shiatsu and Acupressure
  • Reflexology

Cost: $45/hr for patients & caregivers, $60/hr for outside clients

Locations:

237 E. Milsap, Suite 8 in Fayetteville  |  808 S. 52nd Street in Rogers. 

To schedule call Robyn at:  479-587-1700, ext 5446


Resources:

  1. Armstrong, M., Flemming, K., Kupeli, N. et al. Aromatherapy, Massage and Reflexology: A Systematic Review and Thematic Synthesis of the Perspectives from People with Palliative Care NeedsPalliative Medicine. 2019.
  2. DaSilva, P., Moreira, G., Zomkowski, K., denoronha M, Al, Sperandio, F. Manual Therapy as Treatment for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Female Breast Cancer Survivors; A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Sept 2019, Vol 42, Issue 7: 503-513..
  3. Gentile, D., Boselli, D., O’Neill, G. et al. Cancer Pain Relief After Healing Touch and MassageJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2018. 24(9-10):968-973.
  4. Izgu, N., Metin, Z., Karadas, C. et al. Prevention of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy with Classical Massage in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Paclitaxel: An Assessor-Blinded Randomized Controlled TrialEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2019. 40:36-43.
  5. Kinkead, B., Schettler, P., Larson, E. et al. Massage Therapy Decreases Cancer-Related Fatigue: Results From a Randomized Early Phase TrialCancer. 2018. 124(3):546-554.
  6. Lyman, G., Greenlee, H., Bohlke, K. et al. Integrative Therapies During and After Breast Cancer Treatment: ASCO Endorsement of the SIO Clinical Practice Guideline. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018. 36(25):2647-2655.
  7. Robison, J., and C. Smith. Therapeutic Massage During Chemotherapy and/or Biotherapy Infusions: Patient Perceptions of Pain, Fatigue, Nausea, Anxiety, and SatisfactionClinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2016. 20(2):E34-40.
  8. Sheikhi, M., Ebadi, A., Talaeizadeh, A., and H. Rahmani. Alternative Methods to Treat Nausea and Vomiting from Cancer ChemotherapyChemotherapy Research and Practice. 2015. 2015:818759