Endurance athletes, while being incredibly fit, are not necessarily very healthy. The demands placed on their bodies by intense and prolonged training regimes can leave them with high levels of inflammation – something that is linked to immunosuppression and potentially an increased risk of cancer. This article describes how massage can be used to reduce inflammation levels in athletes, helping perhaps to reduce their risk of cancer, as well as in patients with cancer to improve their well-being through the course of their disease and its treatment.
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Susan Findlay BSc RGN, Dip SMRT, Director NLSSM has worked as a sport and remedial massage therapist for over 15 years and runs her own clinic in north London. She was involved in the 2012 Olympics as a volunteer in the Polyclinic. She has a passion for teaching and is currently the founder and director of NLSSM The School of Sports Massage. Her goal is to enable therapists to deliver quality therapy that will help clients reach their goal. She is the author of 'Sports Massage', a practical guide that gives thorough instruction about the correct application of massage techniques. She currently sits on the General Council of Massage Therapies (GCMT) and is actively involved in the setting up of the next British Fascia Symposium in 2018.
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