UVMC Cancer Care Offers Massage Therapy
TROY - For Bob Zimmerman the addition of medical massage therapy at UVMC’s Cancer Care Center has been “a godsend.”
The introduction of a massage therapy program this summer was made possible by the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care through the UVMC Foundation.
Theresa Nelson of Versailles, a licensed massage therapist through the Ohio State Medical Board, provides hand massage, chair massage and table body massages depending on the patient’s condition and needs.
“She provides relaxation therapy in a very kind and gentle way. When she finishes my massage, I feel totally relaxed,” said Zimmerman, who lives in Sidney.
Mary Holthaus of Fort Loramie agreed. “Not only does Theresa’s massage relax me, but she is gentle and hits the right spots. This is a wonderful addition,” said Holthaus, who has been coming to the center for six years.
Jean Heath, Cancer Care Center Director, said she wanted to offer massage therapy for our cancer patients in the new center as part of their care. Putting the program together and finding the right therapist took some time, she said, adding she’s pleased with the program so far.
“We knew massage therapy would help our patients. It relieves stress and anxiety and helps them with pain control, all of the things to help provide relief from side effects from treatment,” Heath said.
The massage is an option for patients and is part of the center’s full treatment plan, which also includes genetic counseling and clinical trials among offerings. The availability of massage therapy is discussed with the patient as well as his or her physicians to ensure it is appropriate.
Nelson has been a massage therapist for 14 years.
“The patients are uplifting. I think these patients have found a new lease on life. They know what it truly means to live now,” she said “The experience for me is it is extremely rewarding. I get just as much out of the therapy as they do, maybe even more.”
Lucy DiSalvo of Troy, a cancer patient at the center for three years, had praise for Nelson and her work.
“Cancer patients face many challenges and I have found the medical massage therapy effective in addressing several issues,” DiSalvo said. “Massage therapy has had a positive effect in reducing pain, which allows me increased mobility.”
For more information on massage therapy at the Cancer Care Center call (937) 440-4820.