How Massage Therapy Can Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Massage therapy can be helpful at reducing or eliminating the symptoms associated with Multiple sclerosis which include; muscle spasticity, trouble with circulation, chronic pain, and pressure sores. When properly administered, massage therapy can provide relief to those living with Multiple sclerosis for their symptoms.

Muscle Spasticity and MS

People with MS often suffer from muscle spasticity; this is the involuntary contraction of muscles, which leaves the individual feeling stiff and sore. Over time, muscle spasticity can cause pressure sores, joints to freeze-up, and make it very difficult for the person to remain ambulatory. Massage therapy can reduce stiffness and help increase range of motion, as long as the massage focuses on gentle movements and stretching.

Circulation Issues and MS

Poor circulation is another problem that people diagnosed with MS have to deal with; poor circulation causes problems with healing and allows toxins to build up in the body. However, receiving a massage can help improve circulation and helps people get rid of toxins that can build up and cause pain. Also, pressure sores can heal when circulation increases.

Chronic Pain and Massage

It's important to talk with a massage therapist before getting a massage for chronic pain; muscles that are inactive or sore because of a disease will often require a gentle touch. If the massage hurts, you will need to tell your massage therapist so they can lighten up the pressure. While you may have preferred a deep tissue massage in the past in order to release tight muscles, this may not be the right choice now that you have been diagnosed with MS. Massage will help your chronic pain, but you have to be clear with your therapist regarding your concerns, so make sure to discuss your needs with your therapist!

To schedule your appointment with a certified expert, contact LaVida Massage of Gainesville, VA today!

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