Pain & Symptom Control

Action Cancer provides a number of services outlined below to support people cope with pain and symptoms resulting directly from a cancer diagnosis or from the stress/worry of caring for someone with cancer.


Acupuncture involves the placement of sterile disposable needles at selected points on the body, followed by physical manipulation, heat, or electrical stimuli. Acupuncture may be able to help with any of the following symptoms due to a cancer diagnosis:

  •  pain
  • restrictions in movement
  • nausea and vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • hot flushes
  • dry mouth
  • fatigue
  • anxiety and stress

To book an appointment for acupuncture in Belfast, please call Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344.


Scar Therapy

Scar therapy involves gentle massage of the skin and superficial layers of tissue around the area of a post-surgical scar.  Scar therapy aims to reduce pain around the scar site, improve feeling and functionality and relieve restrictions in the surrounding tissue.  If clients are receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy they will need to have completed these prior to commencing scar therapy. 

To avail of this service in Belfast call 028 9080 3344.


Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapy



Cancer Rehabilitation can help with side effects of cancer treatment including: fatigue, joint /muscle pain or restrictions, pain/loss of sensation in hands and feet and bladder or bowel problems.  Treatment given as part of Cancer Rehabilitation will vary according to symptoms and can include physiotherapy techniques, 1:1 exercise training and teaching of self-care practices. The Cancer Rehabilitation service is available in Belfast, Armagh, Augher and Majuiresbridge. The service is delivered by skilled physiotherapists trained to work with cancer.

We are starting to deliver a Physio-led Exercise Programme in partnership with SPARK Cancer Rehabilitation and The Edge Sports Performance and Fitness Centre in Augher.  This group programme is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and overall fitness for clients wishing to increase their physical activity levels after a cancer diagnosis. 

If you are interested in accessing this service you can self-refer by calling Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344.

If you are a health professional wishing to make a referral to this service then go to:  and complete the referral form.




Bowen Technique

With Bowen Technique the practitioner uses thumbs and forefingers on precise points on the body to make rolling type moves which gently stimulate the muscles, soft tissue and energy within the body. These moves prompt the body to make the adjustments which help to re-balance, relieve tension and reduce pain.


Emmett Technique

This involves the application of light finger pressure at specific points on the body which help change muscle tension and action.

Symptoms that may be assisted by either Bowen or Emmett Therapy:

  • back and hip pain
  • neck and shoulder restrictions and discomfort
  • knee and ankle restrictions
  • persistent heel and foot pain
  • lymphatic and sinus congestion
  • migraines and headaches
  • breathing restrictions
  • abdominal cramps and bowel discomfort
  • fluid retention

Both Emmett and Bowen therapies are safe to use on children/young people as well as adults.

All of our Complementary Therapists are trained in either Bowen or Emmett Therapy. To book an appointment at a range of locations across NI, you can either book online or call Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344.