Myth: massage can contribute to the spread of cancer

This long held myth is tenacious!  Many people present for a massage after receiving a cancer diagnosis with the question “Can massage contribute to the spread of cancer?” The short answer is that massage is no more a concern than is exercise contributing to the spread of cancer.  Exercise is routinely recommended by oncologists to help manage fatigue, anxiety and the physical discomforts of cancer treatment.  If a brisk walk, swim or bike ride is not considered a risk factor for metastasis then neither is massage. The rationale for this short answer is that the spread of cancer is not simply a mechanical process. The complexity of metastasis requires a variety of factors to be present at the same time.  First, cancer cells must shed from the original tumour before being transported through the blood stream or lymphatic system.  In order for the cancer cells to create a secondary tumour…

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Massage therapy for binge watchers

Binge watching is engrossing, hard to put down….just one more episode.  We lose track of time, but our bodies are keeping the score. Your preferred couch potato posture will start to show up in a sore neck, aching between the shoulder blades, stiff hips. Let’s face it, none of us are going to give up this guilty pleasure. So how can we survive the cold months slouched on the couch? Variety is the key.  Moving your lap top from one side to another, raising and lowering it will force your body to shift in order to continue watching.  The change of positions will help your body maintain some suppleness. There is no need to change your watching habits, only a few changes to how-you-watch habits will make the difference between a chronically sore neck and unimpeded binge viewing pleasure.

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Can massage make you a better driver?

Suggesting that massage can make you a better driver is the latest addition to the lofty claims attributed to massage therapy. Before skepticism takes over, however, consider the following. Driving safely requires good visibility in a 360° radius.  The visual field can be obscured by snow, dirty windshields and poorly placed rear and side view mirrors.  Stiff necks that can barely do a proper shoulder check are also a  problem. And here enters massage therapy. Necks that don’t rotate from side-to-side are an impediment to seeing what is beside us, especially in the blind spots on either side of our cars. Stiff necks can be brought on by habitual posture, work strains, a bad night’s sleep and hours spent staring at a computer screen. A focused massage therapy treatment reduces muscle tension, allowing your neck to revive its swivel and rotation.  Improved movement, safer driving. If only our insurance rates…