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A local non-profit invited me to set up my massage table at their booth at the upcoming Susan G. Komen conference in Portland, Oregon. When checking with the event coordinator, we received an interesting response.
I’m really not sure what is up with the leadership of Susan G. Komen these days. With the recent debacle over pulling funding for Planned Parenthood, then reversing the decision mere days later after the huge backlash, I question their approach in breast cancer awareness. Perhaps they are getting out of touch with the community.
They sure don’t seem to understand the massage profession. In Oregon, all licensed massage therapists must have a minimum of 500 hours of education and must pass written and practical exams. To maintain an LMT license, ongoing continuing education is required. And, we all need liability insurance to practice. Massage therapy is not illegal in Oregon… It’s regulated by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists (OBMT) and a vibrant, active, caring community.
As a rare lymphoma survivor and licensed massage therapist with trainings in advanced myofascial techniques and oncology massage, I see this is a valuable opportunity and professional obligation to educate Susan G. Komen about the benefits of massage therapy and bodywork.
The AMTA recently came out with their 2012 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet.
The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be researched and studied. Recent research has shown the effectiveness of massage for the following conditions:
• Cancer-related fatigue
• Low back pain
• Osteoarthritis of the knee
• Reducing post-operative pain
• Boosting the body’s immune system functioning
• Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
• Lowering blood pressure
• Reducing headache frequency
• Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms
• Decreasing pain in cancer patients
Massage therapy is an amazing compliment to cancer care and survivorship. A highly trained licensed massage therapist can help ease cancer-related fatigue as well as decreasing pain in cancer patients. Massage can also diminish chemotherapy and radiation treatment-related side effects.
Bodywork is invaluable in cancer survivorship, reclaiming the body from the certainty of the medical community. The docs don’t often tell ya, it can take years to return to normal energy levels and function.
Do you agree with Susan G. Komen to exclude massage therapy from their breast cancer conference? How about we rally as a community and let Susan G. Komen know the benefits of massage! Please share your thoughts!
You can find Susan G. Komen’s contact page here.
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