Children’s Complementary Therapy at Action Cancer

25 March 2015

Leading local cancer charity Action Cancer has extended its complementary therapy service to children and young people (aged 5-17), thanks to funding from Children in Need.

Available at Action Cancer House, the new service supports children and young people with a cancer diagnosis as well as those affected by the diagnosis of a loved one. Cancer can have a massive impact not only the individual but also the family members surrounding that person. Children and young people who are affected in this way often find it difficult to cope.

Complementary therapy has been shown to be effective in dealing both with physical symptoms as well as emotional/psychological symptoms that impact people affected by cancer. Action Cancer staff have been delivering complementary therapies to adults for many years and are now specially trained to adapt techniques when working with children and young people.

Therapies available include reflexology, aromatherapy, touch therapy, story massage and Bach Flower Remedies. These treatments have been shown to aid relaxation; relieve stress and tension; improve quality of life; aid sleep; and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nichola Mallon said; “It is fantastic that Action Cancer are now able to offer their complementary therapies to local children and young people affected by cancer. I hope parents in Belfast and the surrounding area who are worried about how cancer is impacting their child or young person get in touch with the charity to avail of this free help.”

To book an appointment, call Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344 or for more information click here.