Oncology Acupuncture and Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Oncology Care At Restore

At Restore Health & Wellness we offer allied health treatments that proactively support you through your oncology journey and beyond.

Restore Health & Wellness is a relaxing, nurturing clinic in the heart of the medical district of St Leonards.  We offer oncology patients care in the form of oncology acupuncture and lymphatic drainage massage both by practitioners with advanced training in oncology patients.  They are both covered by private health insurance extras cover should your policy cover these modalities of treatment.

Acupuncture for Oncology

The American Society for Cancer Oncology (ASCO) actively supports Acupuncture services. This is due to research demonstrating that oncology acupuncture may be effective in supporting immune function and managing side effects including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Hot flushes
  • General and joint pain

At Restore our acupuncturist for oncology patients is Sally Gole.  Sally is a renowned and experienced Acupuncturist who is passionate about using a wholistic and complementary approach to care for her patients during this challenging time.  After gaining her initial qualifications as an Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist, Sally has been practicing with a focus on Womens Health and Oncology for over 13 years.

Sally completed the Post Graduate Oncology Acupuncture Hospital Training Program under Dr Byeongsang Oh at the Mater Hospital in Sydney.   Dr. Oh is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney and a Research Fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School. He has practised acupuncture and other complementary medicine for over 15 years, specialising in cancer care.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage for Oncology

Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a gentle massage to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the body tissue. The technique is light with gentle pressure mobilising fluid toward the lymphatic sites, with varying degrees of pressure.  This form of massage is renowned for its benefits in lymphedema patients. 

Lymphedema, or lymphatic obstruction, is a condition whereby excess fluid collects in tissues causing swelling (oedema). The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system and vital for immune function.  This may occur in oncology patients with the removal of lymph nodes as part of their oncology treatment, or as a result of scarring following any form of surgery.

At Restore our Remedial Massage Therapist for oncology patients is Nathalie Gagnon. Nathalie has been practicing for more than 15 years and is a caring and compassionate practitioner.  She has completed advance training in lymphatic drainage massage and works with oncology patients regularly to help manage their symptoms and reduce their discomfort.

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