Massage Therapy, in particular, can be used effectively alongside Palliative Care. Massage Therapy is used to alleviate chronic pain and muscle tension in the back, neck, and shoulders. It can also be used to reduce fatigue, headaches, migraines, anxiety, stress, and depression — all of which can be symptoms of serious illnesses.
For Clients who suffer from mobility issues, Massage Therapy can be used to improve circulation and nerve functions where immobility would otherwise cause degeneration, joint rigidness, and shortened muscles.
In this situation, Massage Therapy may differ from other applications and require Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) who are familiar with practices more geared towards this level of care. The RMTs may adjust their techniques to suit the Client’s current state of health and presenting symptoms, such as using reduced pressure in their strokes and positioning options for Clients who cannot lie face-down in a traditional massage position. An RMT will also need to know areas to avoid, such as areas near a medical device.