How Massage Therapy Can Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

If you've received a massage, you know the relaxing, stress-reducing benefits that come with it. A relaxing massage can be just what you need when life's frustrations begin to add up and make your body a bundle of tension and pain. That's why having a massage can be especially comforting to someone who has Multiple sclerosis. The cause of Multiple Sclerosis is unknown, but what is known is that the disease is an inflammation of a person's central nervous system which results in the destruction of their nerve fibers. This results in widespread body tension and pain which can be overwhelming to manage in addition to the anxiety and depression which can accompany chronic illness.

Depending on the stage of the disease, patients with multiple sclerosis can experience physical symptoms such as muscle cramping, weakness, muscle spasms, loss of coordination, and prickling sensations in the feet and hands. While a massage should never take the place of physical therapy, it can provide some short-term benefits such as:

  • Improved circulation
  • Pain reduction
  • Muscle spasms relief
  • Mood elevation

People with multiple sclerosis will probably experience periods of remission from the disease as well as flares when symptoms are especially intense. Being aware of the person's current condition will indicate the type and intensity of massage that should be given. There are also some visible indicators that warn that a massage isn't a good idea at any particular time, including swelling of any area of the patient's body for unknown reasons. If the swelling is related to Multiple sclerosis, then a massage may bring comfort.

Keep in mind, if there are open sores on the patient, a massage is not a good idea. And if a person has osteoporosis, it's best to get a go-ahead from his or her physician before conducting a massage to determine any potential risk to the patient.

To schedule your appointment with a certified therapist, contact LaVida Massage of Cypress, TX today! 

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