Many complementary therapies concentrate on boosting relaxation and reducing stress. They can help to calm emotions, relieve anxiety and increase general sense of wellbeing. Funding from Prostate Cancer UK helped deliver a number services providing holistic therapies such as massage, reflexology, and physical exercise, to men affected by prostate cancer and their partners. The services helped to relieve the stress and anxiety associated with living with prostate cancer.
Massage is one of the oldest therapies in existence and is a form of structured or therapeutic touch which can be used to relax and relieve muscle pain and tension. Increasingly, massage therapies are recognised for helping cancer patients cope with the stress and anxiety associated with their diagnosis, unpleasant side effects of their treatment, and the removal of symptom burden. Research has also shown that touch therapy has a modulating effect on patient anxiety and increases psychological well-being.