What to expect at your first visit:
All appointments take place in a private room. Your first appointment is an evaluation where your therapist learns what is going on and develops a plan with you for treatment. Please wear clothes that allow easy access to the areas being treated, or we can provide covers (like a massage appointment). For lymphedema, please bring any garments, bandages or other supplies that you already have so your therapist can see how they fit.
Is it too late to work on scar tissue? No. If scar tissue is causing pain or restriction, it is never too late to work on it.
I live far away, is it worth coming in for treatment? We have many clients who travel to get to our clinic and this will be a consideration for your individual treatment plan. In some cases longer appointments are needed, help finding local resources, or developing strategies to do more of the treatment at home.
I’ve already tried lymphedema therapy, what’s different about New Leaf? Your goals are our goals. If you’ve already tried lymphedema therapy then you know some things that work or don’t work. We will work with your specific challenges to create a plan that works for you.
What is oncology massage?
An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
Oncology massage is provided by a massage therapist who has received training in the specifics of cancer and cancer treatment. When you are receiving an oncology massage, you are receiving traditional, established massage therapy techniques that have been adapted to account for your unique health situation. The changes that might be made to a massage that make it an “oncology massage” can fall under any number of categories, but typically they will be related to session length, pressure, positioning and areas of specific compromise or concern like mediports, bone metastases or skin reactions to treatment.