Cancer Rehab

Clinic 88 has worked with people with cancer and recovering from cancer for 17 years. We offer a range of services from Oncology Massage (Our Therapists are fully trained in this service), Lymphatic Drainage (fully trained Lymphatic Drainage Therapists) and Energise Classes (see below) ran by our Exercises Physiologists.

Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage

Safe and effective for cancer sufferers or people with a history of cancer

Oncology Massage is a gentle, nurturing and effective massage that safely addresses the needs of a cancer patient or anyone with a history of cancer (or other degenerative illness). Oncology Massage therapists understand the science and pay close attention to the physical, emotional and psychological needs of a client during diagnosis, treatment, recovery, survivorship or palliative care. People who have cancer or a history of cancer should see a qualified Oncology Massage Therapist, as these therapists have the proper training to assist with the unique requirements that cancer presents

The massage techniques used are gentle and slow and induce deep relaxation in the body which also helps to calm the mind. Oncology massage is a specialised massage technique adapted to the client’s unique state of health. It is a safe and complimentary therapy for clients undergoing allopathic treatments for their health issues. 

Oncology massage therapists are highly trained and equipped for different types of cancer and other health conditions and will make adjustments for a person’s current state of health. We design a suitable treatment plan for the individual with cancer and make site, position and pressure adjustments. Most importantly we ensure that we cause no harm. Oncology massage therapists are trained to treat the person holistically ensuring that the massage is personalised for the clients unique experience in the present moment.

Research has shown Oncology Massage improves the quality of life for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer.  It reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatment of cancer and the symptoms of the disease process itself (Cassileth and Vickers, 2004)

  • Pain Improved 47%
  • Fatigue Improved 42%
  • Anxiety Improved 59%
  • Nausea Improved 51%
  • Depression Improved 48%
  • Other (including shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth or disturbed sleep) improved 48%

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage is safe and effective

Lymphoedema can be a side effect of some breast cancer treatments (as well as numerous other surgeries and conditions). It is a condition that relates to the body’s lymph nodes and it can cause swelling and discomfort.

Lymph nodes are glands that filter and drain fluid that circulates around the body. They are located through-out the body, including in the breast and armpit (axilla) which is important to understand during breast surgery.

Lymph nodes are often removed during breast cancer surgery. Sometimes they are damaged by radiotherapy. When lymph nodes are removed or damaged, the natural flow of fluid from your breast and arm can be restricted. When this happens, swelling occurs and it is called lymphoedema.

While there is no known cure for lymphoedema, early diagnosis and treatment make it easier to manage.

It is important to remember that not all women who have lymph nodes removed during their surgery will develop lymphedema.

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended by proponents to encourage the natural circulation of the lymph through the body. The lymph system depends on peristalsis and the movement of skeletal muscles to squeeze fluid through lymph ducts and vessels. When this does not occur automatically, it can be achieved manually by trained therapists.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage was pioneered by Dr. Emil Vodder in the 1930s for the treatment of chronic sinusitis and other immune disorders. While working on the French Riviera treating patients with chronic colds, they noticed these patients had swollen lymph nodes. In the 1930s it was considered taboo to tamper with the lymphatic system due to the medical profession’s poor understanding of this system. The Vodder’s were not deterred by this, and in 1932 began to study the lymph system, and developed careful hand movements to cause lymph movement. In 1936 after four years of research they introduced this technique in Paris, France.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is now recognized as a primary tool in Lymphoedema management.

Energise Classes

Energise! Group exercise classes are offered at Clinic 88 Macquarie for patients recovering from cancer. Classes run Monday and Wednesday nights 6-7pm for 8 week terms, $15 per class paid upfront in full at the commencement of the term. Classes are limited to 8 participants and an initial consultation with Exercise Physiologist is required before starting classes. Come and exercise and socialise in a safe and welcoming environment! Bookings are essential, please call us on 62532388 for further enquiries or to make a booking.

These Exercise Physiology sessions may be covered by an enhanced primary care plan. Please consult your GP .