As many physicians and researchers would attest, the medical benefits of massage therapy are numerous. For example, many studies have shown that massage therapy can be a great way for patients to de-stress and relax. While the relaxation and stress-relief benefits of massage therapy are helpful on their own, massage therapy can also help reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
What Is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, refers to a disease that afflicts the central nervous system. In a patient, the flow of information between the body and the brain via the central nervous system is disrupted. This disease is unpredictable and can cause disability.
Of course, massage therapy won't cause the symptoms of MS to go away completely nor will it serve as an adequate substitute for regular MS treatment. However, massage therapy can reduce anxiety, improve circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and alleviate pain.
Massage therapy as a complementary treatment has been performed for decades. For generations, massage therapy has been lauded for its ability to reduce strength. Undoubtedly, massage therapy can have an immensely positive impact on one's health. According to a study conducted by an associate of the Neurology journal, patients are less likely to show signs of brain disease if they receive stress management sessions for an extended period of time.
Of course, patients should not expect massage therapy to be a cure for their MS. In fact, massage therapy shouldn't be viewed as a treatment at all. However, massage therapy can improve a patient's quality of life and mood.
Patients who need stress reduction to manage their MS symptoms, massage therapy emphasizing long strokes and light pressure is recommended. Another excellent option is acupressure. This therapy is similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture. However, acupressure does not make use of needles and is combined with massage for particularly tight or painful areas of the body.
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