Massage Therapy to Relieve Pain in Those with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis MassageSummary: Within the world’s population, there is an estimated 2.3 million people who suffer from pain and symptoms of multiple sclerosis disease.

These symptoms can include, muscle spasms, poor circulation, anxiety, stress and severe and chronic pain. Study conducted by various therapists, doctors, and researchers has now shown the massage therapy can help alleviate some of these symptoms in patients.

According to the study patients who received 10 weeks of massage therapy over the course of three months showed a decrease in lower back pain by about 50%. Many patients also felt more relaxed, less stressed and lower levels of anxiety. The study, published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal, shows a significant breakthrough for the use of massage therapy in the medical field.

Original Article: Massage therapy can alleviate symptoms of multiple sclerosis

An estimated 2.3 million people worldwide live with multiple sclerosis (MS) each day, a debilitating disease that can often cause severe pain, muscle spasms, poor circulation, anxiety stress and clinical depression. Although not a substitute for regular MS treatment, massage therapy is an effective, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that can alleviate such symptoms and in turn, help to pacify the disease.

MS develops as a result of interference between the brain, spinal cord and other areas of the body. Symptoms and treatment vary widely depending on the amount of nerves that are affected. Massage therapy is an easy and affordable complement to doctor-prescribed treatments. Massage therapy may assist MS patients in managing the stress of their symptoms and to improve their quality of life.

A study reported in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal indicated lower pain levels of up to 50 percent across three months by those participants who received 10 weeks of massage therapy. Long known for its stress-busting abilities, massage has a powerful effect on health and overall well-being. And because stress may trigger or worsen MS symptoms, it is important for sufferers to find ways to relax.

“Massage therapy is a well-being approach for addressing body, mind and spirit. Along with stress reduction, massage therapy can help to increase flexibility and reduce muscle stiffness caused by spasticity,” states Erin Kersanty, Regional Therapist Coordinator for Massage Envy Spas in the Greater Cleveland-Akron-Canton region. “Massage therapy is also very effective at increasing deep sleep, as touch itself has been known to create positive feelings such as comfort and care. And with more deep sleep, you have less pain,” added Tiffany Field, Ph.D., of the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute.

There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis.

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