Possible health value of massages for cancer patients

(CNN) – We’ve all heard claims about the healing properties of touch on the human body. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta are investigating those claims; they’re testing the benefits of massage therapy on cancer survivors

“I got a notice in the mail that Emory was offering a trial to see if massage would help with fatigue and so I signed up and said I was interested.”

What cancer survivor Cindy Williams signed up for is a study currently underway at Emory University in Atlanta. It’s designed to see if massage might help offset extreme fatigue in cancer survivors

The six week study divides the test subjects into three groups. One group gets a typical Swedish type massage. Another gets no massage and a third group gets what’s referred to as a light touch massage.

Throughout the study, researchers check the participants’ vital signs and draw blood to check for immune markers.

“We’re looking for symptoms of fatigue we also have some measures of general wellbeing and also about mood symptoms.”

The study staff also checks in with each participant to learn about any changes in their life or their health. So far the findings are promising.

“Individuals truly feel as if the massage therapy has been helpful for them.”

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