Santa Fe New Mexican

Support And Self Care

Many people have found that complementary therapies have helped reduce side effects from treatment, improve their emotional and physical well-being and enhance their recovery from cancer. Therapies include acupuncture, massage, tai chi, qigong, meditation, music, aromatherapy, art and herbal products. Talk with your providers about any therapies you’d like to try during or after cancer treatment. MASSAGE THERAPY: Massage treatments can help keep your skin hydrated and reduce your stress and anxiety. Massage should be gentle; deep pressure massage is not advised if you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation. Many insurance companies cover oncology massage with a co-pay. BODY MOVEMENT: Research has found that moving your body during and after cancer treatment can improve your physical and mental health, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Exercise can reduce potential physical side effects and your risk of depression and anxiety while also keeping you as mobile and independent as possible. Local resource: Christus St. Vincent Holistic Health & Wellness, 490-B W. Zia Rd., Suite 4, offers massage treatments and has suspended its body movement classes. The Center also offers massage treatments but its body movement classes are on hold due to COVID-19. Call 505-913-3820 for more information and to check if classes or groups have resumed.