Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition, which impacts the brain and the spine of a patient.
A lifelong condition, which can vary from moderate concerns to proper disability, Multiple Sclerosis can develop at any age and is more likely to affect females. According to data obtained by the NHS (National Health Service), more than 100,000 people in UK suffer from MS. Symptoms include blurred vision, exhaustion, and muscle oriented issues. With regards to treatment, we will look into massage therapy and whether it can help patients with MS
Since Multiple Sclerosis affects the brain and spinal cord, it has a direct impact on a patient’s nerves. This means their sensory nerves experience considerable pain. The aches associated with MS may extend to other parts of the patient’s body as well. Undergoing massage therapy can help assuage such agony. The masseuse applies additional pressure on the areas of the body where the pain is concentrated.
Those suffering from MS may have difficulty in their movements and mobility. Muscle spasms and loss of balance are common indicators of MS. Furthermore, their ability to exercise motor control and manoeuvre will be reduced significantly.
Massage therapy is an effective method of alleviating muscle stress as well. Massaging the legs of a patient can decrease spasticity, a condition where muscles are constantly contracted, affecting the person’s voluntary movements. Targeting and massaging affected parts of the body can increase overall flexibility also.
An imperative aspect of treating MS is to manage stress levels. Increased stress levels are a harbinger of various issues in the human body and MS is no exception. Patients who experience greater stress run the risk of triggering symptoms.
Massage therapy helps to lessen the stress of patients. It eases their body, which influences their mind to regain composure and focus. Besides, the setting involved can also aid their ability to remain calm and collected. Dim lights and tranquil music only add to the experience.
Naturally, the advent of pain will affect a patient’s capacity to rest and sleep. An overactive bladder is one of many symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Imagine a scenario where a patient has to go to the toilet frequently overnight. This will affect their ability to sleep peacefully.
An overwhelming lack of sleep can potentially trigger other symptoms of it as well. A massage can be useful in this instance since it can encourage the body to rest and eventually fall into a deep sleep. Massaging the body will produce serotonin, which regulates the rhythm of the heart. Additionally, it can decrease cortisol levels, which can disrupt a patient’s sleeping patterns.
Professional Integrated Bodywork massage therapist Sue Carberry offers a truly unique holistic massage experience that focuses on every aspect of your well-being. Integrated Bodywork combines three powerful ancient healing techniques that have been practiced for centuries.
Sue offers a range of therapies
- Progressive Counselling
- Aromatherapy Massage
- Reiki Healing Therapy
- Sports Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Therapeutic Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
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