Massage Reduces Symptoms In Children with Cancer

Massage Reduces Symptoms In Children with Cancer

Massage Reduces Symptoms In Children with Cancer

Can massage help children with cancer?

Seven published studies found children (ages 6 month to 18 years old) with cancer who received massage therapy experienced decreased pain, nausea, stress and anxiety, along with an increase in white blood cells and neutrophils. The main massage modality used in the seven studies was Swedish massage.

The published studies also found the effects of therapeutic massage in children with cancer receiving chemotherapy and other treatments showed a decrease in pain, nausea, vomiting, post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety, and an increase in white blood cells and neutrophils.

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