Whether you're dealing with congenital scoliosis that's been present since birth, neuromuscular scoliosis that's caused by muscular weakness or disease, or functional scoliosis that's caused by injury, posture, muscle spasms or body compensation patterns, massage therapy can help.
The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies published a report on the effects of massage twice a week for eight weeks, in which author Michael Hamm concluded: "Reported PLs [pain levels], sleep patterns and functional limitations all showed substantial improvements over the course of treatment. Massage therapy is an appropriate tool."
Your professional massage therapist and other health care practitioners can work together to provide relief for scoliosis. The type of massage will vary depending on your condition, so make sure to tell your Massage Envy therapist about any physical limitations or pain you've experienced.
Types of Therapy
The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies has identified various techniques that are especially helpful for people with scoliosis:
- Cranial Sacral Therapy gently releases tension in muscles and joints, which can improve mobility and decrease stress.
- Deep Tissue Massage provides intense pressure that helps stretch tight muscles, boosting circulation for relief of pain.
- Swedish Massage offers light to medium pressure that relieves problems like back pain, headaches, insomnia and shallow breathing.
Regular massage therapy provides other benefits, as well. In addition to reducing stress and strengthening your immune system, it can also lower your blood pressure and stress levels while improving the quality of your sleep and providing a sense of relaxation that lasts long after your massage is finished.