Massage Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
People with MS have a lot to deal with, and massage can provide
relief for some of that stress. Because depression can make
symptoms even worse, relaxation is especially beneficial.
Massage has long been known for relieving stress, and reducing
tension provides other health benefits as well. According to
Tiffany Field, PhD, of the University of Miami's Touch Research
Institute, "Massage is very effective at increasing deep sleep.
With more deep sleep, you have less pain."
Natural Pain Management
Livestrong reports that people with MS may experience pain if
the disease impacts their sensory nerves. Massage has proven
effective at treating chronic pain, because it increases your
body's production of serotonin which is a natural painkiller. In
addition, massage promotes circulation and boosts relaxation
Regular massage therapy helps provide ongoing stress relief, and
the professional therapists at Massage Envy make a point of
communicating with you before, during and after your session
to make sure you're receiving what you need.
Safety of Massage
WebMD notes that "It is usually safe for people with MS to
receive a massage, but if you have bone-thinning
osteoporosis...talk to your doctor first. Many people with multiple
sclerosis receive regular massage therapy to help relax and reduce
Along with stress reduction, massage can help increase
flexibility which improves your mobility, and can help reduce
muscle stiffness caused by spasticity. But perhaps the greatest
benefit is reduction of pain. In a 2009 study covered in the
Multiple Sclerosis journal, researchers reported that after ten
weeks of treatment, participants enjoyed up to 50% lower pain
levels for the next three months.