Massage Therapy for those living with Multiple Sclerosis
At United Rehab Physical Therapy, located in Suffolk County, we specialize in the treatment and relief of multiple sclerosis symptoms. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be defined as an immune-mediated process that includes an abnormal response of the body’s immune system against the central nervous system. The central nervous system (CNS) consists of the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Although there is no solid cause or cure for MS, there are some treatments such as massage therapy that can help the person find some relief.
Massage therapy is one of the most common methods for people with MS to help relieve pain. Massage is successful in pain relief by removing swelling and mobilization of tissues. It is extremely important for a person with MS to relax and reduce stress as much as possible. Massage therapy can provide pleasurable stimulation which reduces anxiety and fear and gives the person an opportunity to relax. If massage therapy is being used to control pain, it should be done under the supervision of a medical professional.
Another symptom in which massage can help a person living with MS is spasticity. During a massage, the muscle can become more relaxed which will increase the range of motion during exercises. Massage can also increase blood flow to help with poor circulation and increase capillary dilation.
Although massage therapy can help ease the symptoms, it does not have an effect on the course of MS. It was found to relieve anxiety and depression, improve self-esteem, mood, and social and physical functioning, but not in grip strength and only limited improvement in ambulation.
At United Rehab Physical Therapy, located in Suffolk County, we understand the difficulties of living with Multiple Sclerosis and can guide our patients into the right treatment for relief of the symptoms with care and compassion.