MEDICINE HANDS Gayle Macdonald
Touch and massage are vital to a cancer patient's health and well-being. Medicine Hands teaches bodywork practitioners, oncology professionals, patients and family how massage can safely support patients as they receive treatment and during their recovery process. The focus of Medicine Hands is the use of touch techniques to provide comfort and ameliorate the side effects of conventional cancer treatment. Gayle MacDonald presents recent research, massage for children with cancer, techniques to strengthen the body during and after treatment, and the importance of knowing a client's medical history. At one time, metastasis was thought to be a reason not to massage people living with cancer. However, experience has now shown that the major factors affecting how massage is used are the types of treatment a person has received - chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery. Medicine Hands clearly informs therapists how to adjust their massage techniques in order to give massage sessions in a safe, effective manner.
240pp, 216mm x 279mm, illus. in b&w, softback, 2012
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