Can Massage Help with MS Symptoms

MS Contraindications: Is Massage Good For You?

Massage Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Patients

The following are some of the common reasons why massage therapy may not be beneficial for MS patients. These include:

1. The patient’s immune system is compromised due to HIV/AIDS or other disease conditions;

2. The patient has chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis;

3. The patient suffers from a medical condition which makes it difficult for him to tolerate the heat and pressure of hot water, cold water, ice cubes or any type of massage device;

4. The patient is allergic to one or more ingredients used in the products used during massages;

5. The patient has had a stroke or brain injury and cannot feel pain;

6. The patient has suffered a traumatic head trauma and does not respond well to traditional treatments such as physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or speech therapy.

In addition, there are several other conditions which may cause problems with massage therapy including:

1. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); 2.

Lupus; 3. Parkinson’s disease; 4. Rheumatoid arthritis; 5. Stroke; 6. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

How does Massage therapy help Multiple Sclerosis?

The exact reason why massage therapy is beneficial to multiple sclerosis patients is not completely understood by medical professionals. There are several theories about how and why it works but more research needs to be done in order to develop better treatment options for people with this often disabling disease.

One theory suggests that regular massage therapy sessions help boost a patient’s energy levels. Since people with multiple sclerosis tend to experience chronic fatigue and low energy, anything which helps boost their energy levels will improve their quality of life.

Another theory suggests that massage therapy stimulates the brain. This stimulation calms the brain and reduces the neurological effects of multiple sclerosis such as numbness, tingling and vision problems.

A third theory suggests that massage helps break up scar tissue and adhesions caused by the inflammation in a patient’s muscles and nerves. By doing this, it helps restore some of the body’s normal range of motion and flexibility.

How is Massage Therapy administered to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients?

There are several different types of massage therapy techniques which can be used when administering treatment to a patient. It’s important to note that each type of massage is designed to treat a specific set of symptoms. For example, Swedish massage techniques are known to help increase the flexibility of muscles and improve the range of motion in the joints.

Some massage techniques which may be used to treat people with multiple sclerosis include:

1. Acupressure is an ancient treatment technique which was developed in China several centuries ago.

This technique involves applying pressure to specific parts of the body in order to improve blood flow and promote healing.

2. Deep tissue massage therapy is a technique which applies pressure to deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues.

This type of massage is often used to treat chronic pain and muscle tension.

3. Reflexology is a technique where specific parts of the feet, hands or ears are pressed in order to effect positive changes throughout the rest of the body.

This therapy is often used to help treat symptoms of stress, headaches, nausea and muscular pain.

4. Acupuncture is a technique which was traditionally developed in China.

The needles inserted at specific points along the body are believed to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation throughout the rest of the body.

5. Lymph drainage therapy is a hands-on technique which is designed to help drain excess fluid from the lymph nodes.

When administered by a trained professional, this treatment is often used to help treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, such as fatigue and muscle weakness.

There are many different massage techniques which can be used to help treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Most of these techniques can be learned fairly easily, however qualified instruction should always be sought since the procedure can sometimes be dangerous.

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