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Hearing you’ve been diagnosed with cancer is one of the scariest things a person may hear. While the course of treatment varies depending on the type of cancer diagnosis, you know that you’re in for the fight of your life. When you have cancer, we advise against certain types of massage. However, Aruna specializes in a special type of massage for cancer patients. Through an oncology massage, Aruna can help cancer patients feel relaxed and help with their healing as if they were having a regular massage.

Massage Techniques

Whereas a typical massage is all about deep strokes and brushes, oncology massages more so focus on slow and gentle touches. Ultimately, it should be a relaxing moment just like any other kind of massage. However, maybe even more so for cancer patients, they need the stress reliever and gentle touches more. Overall, the massage should provide some kind of relief to a patient, as it’s a time to take the mind off the treatments. Also, it gives the patient a chance to reconnect themselves, a chance they may not have had without their massage.

Benefits of Oncology Massage

Oncology massage has many benefits you should take advantage of. First, you’ll experience less stress and anxiety surrounding your treatment. This is similar to people who receive a relaxing massage feeling relaxed after their massage.

Many people report aches and headaches related to their treatment regiments. If done properly, an oncology massage will reduce those symptoms and, again, leave you with a relaxed feeling.

Overall, if you’re looking for a complementary treatment to your doctor’s orders, you’ll feel better in many different facets.

Do I Need to Worry About Tumors?

Under no circumstance should your massage therapist massage directly at a tumor. Any massage therapist with the proper credentials to perform an oncology massage knows this. Instead, they should massage areas not directly surrounding a tumor. The American Cancer Society lists massage as an acceptable complementary therapy to doctor-ordered cancer treatments. Additionally, The Society for Oncology Massage has approved massage. As long as you choose a licensed oncology massage therapist, you’ll be in good hands.

Do I Need Permission to Receive an Oncology Massage?

Many doctors want to give you permission in order to receive an oncology massage. However, your doctor may give you the approval for any kind of massage, not necessarily a specific kind. In order to choose the right massage therapist for an oncology massage, you’ll need to find out whether they’re certified in oncology massage. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, Aruna has built a reputation around the Cincinnati area for her oncology massage. In fact, she volunteered to give massages and a listening ear to those battling cancer at Bethesda North.

To counteract the pains associated with different cancer treatments, turn to Aruna at Therapeutic Medical Massage. As a therapist certified to provide oncology massage to cancer patients, Aruna will work to provide physical and comfort during your cancer treatments. If you would like some relief from your cancer treatments, contact Aruna to set up your oncology massage appointment now.

Depending on their sport, many athletes may use their time off from their sport as a way to recover from any injuries. Coupled with physical therapy, sports massage and rehab may help athletes return from an injury faster in the future. As some sports seasons start to wind down, now is the perfect time for your athlete to learn some basic techniques to help limit injuries in the future.

Pre-Sports Massage

The very first thing your athlete must do to prevent an injury is have a warmup. Typically, their coach leads them in a warmup, but there may be times where they warmup on their own. Regardless of who leads the warmup, it’s important one happens.

With a pre-sports massage, we work with your athlete before an event to give them a quick massage. This type of massage helps to ensure the muscles are ready to perform. We do this through short, invigorating strokes. These strokes engage the muscles before activity starts. During a pre-sports massage, we also prepare your athlete psychologically as well. Typically, we perform a pre-sports massage before their warmup. That way, their muscles are extra engaged and ready for the sporting event ahead.

Post-Sports Massage

A cool down period after a sporting event is just as important as a warmup before an event. That’s where a post-sports massage helps. However, many athletes don’t take advantage of a cool down period that still involves movement. For some, their cool down period is listening to critiques from their coach.

Unlike a pre-sports massage that uses short, invigorating strokes, a post-sports massage uses longer, slower strokes. Your child’s muscles require different ways to relax and repair themselves after using them. A post-sports massage is the perfect way to do that. They’ll recover from any soreness after an event faster than if they skip a post-sports massage.

Overall, we take the time to get to know your athlete. Before each pre-sports massage and post-sports massage, we’ll listen to them and see what their trouble areas are and work on them.


An additional service we offer for athletes is kinesiology tape. Aruna is functional movement techniques certified by Rock Tape. Rock Tape is the brand Aruna uses. K-tape is great to help in the rehab process. Overall, k-tape helps in reducing pain and speeding up recovery. Your athlete can keep the k-tape on their bodies for up to seven days. Additionally, if they experience an injury or soreness in the same place repeatedly, k-tape helps avoid a repeat injury. We apply k-tape after a customized massage to ensure the stretched muscle remain stretched during the event.

Sometimes, you can’t avoid a sports injury. With sports and rehab massages, you cut down on the likelihood of an injury when combined with regular practices. If you’re worried about an injury in your child, turn to Therapeutic Medical Massage. Aruna has years of experience in helping athletes in a variety of sports. If you’re ready for her help, give the office a call now to get started.

One of the most important systems in your body is the immune system. Your lymph system is part of the immune system. With your lymph system, it helps remove waste from your body. However, the system may clog from time to time, reducing the waste removed from your body. That leaves you feeling run down and sluggish. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, we offer lymphatic massage. This massage type aids in draining the lymph system. Below, we’ll discuss what lymphatic massage helps within your body.

Background on Lymphatic Massage

The lymphatic drainage massage started in the 1930s by a husband and wife team. To start, they studied the lymph system. Then, they developed a series of strokes and touches that helps in jump starting the lymph system. Through these touches and strokes, your system start cleaning waste from your body. Some of the common areas of lymphatic drainage massage include the face, arm, neck, and shoulders. However, certain other spots on the body may also be focus points. If you notice swelling that doesn’t go down, you may need a lymphatic drainage massage to help.

Post-Cosmetic Surgery

With the rise in cosmetic and plastic surgery in the last few years, many people turned to lymphatic massage to aid in relief. Lymphatic massage decreases swelling. A common post-operative side effect is swelling. Help reduce the swelling after surgery with a lymphatic massage. Many common procedures that lymphatic massage helps with is breast implants, liposuction, facial surgeries, and tummy tucks. Typically, doctors recommend a lymphatic massage 10 days after your surgery. Talk with your doctor before scheduling a lymphatic drainage massage in case they have other instructions you need to follow.

Mastectomy Relief

Sometimes, need plastic surgery as a medical necessity. That includes breast cancer patients who opt for a mastectomy. Following reconstructive surgery, your body has a lot to deal with. Because of the location of breasts, a build up of toxins from your lymph system tends to stay in your body. You don’t need that on top of everything else. Turn to a lymphatic massage to prevent a buildup of waste.

Following Orthopedic Surgery

Lymphatic massage doesn’t just benefit cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. It also benefits patients who underwent non-elective surgeries. For many types of surgeries, swelling is one of the common side effects. That swelling may come from a clogged lymph system. When your doctor recommends it, turn to a lymphatic drainage massage. Overall, the massage helps to drain any clogs from your lymph system. This helps to reduce swelling. Additionally, this massage may decrease the likelihood of scarring. Because of the strokes and touches, your body moves things around easier.

Different types of massage work in different scenarios. For lymphatic massage, it helps in draining a clogged lymph system. Overall, a lymphatic massage may help in immune functions overall. If you think you need a lymphatic massage, we recommend talking with a doctor first. Once you have clearance from a doctor, contact Therapeutic Medical Massage to start lymphatic massage.