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MASSAGE AND MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Aside from medical therapies, there are a number of alternative treatments that may be helpful in the management of multiple sclerosis (MS). The massage treatments that are recommended for relieving the pain of the ailment include: Aquatic massage therapy (hydrotherapy), acupuncture (acupressure), biofeedback, reflexology, Bowen massage and therapeutic massage. Other good options are meditation, special exercise, devices, hypnosis and even cannabis.
MS is a condition in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system, leading to “demyelination”. The ailment produces physical and cerebral symptoms including pain, spasticity and muscle spasms, particularly in the neck, back, leg, and knees; and often progresses to corporal and cognitive disability. MS often causes paresthesia (needles or tingling feeling), dysesthesia (burning, or throbbing along a nerve) and dysesthesia (unpleasant abnormal sensation).
The application of therapeutic massage has demonstrated that it is a practical tool in the physical rehabilitation process, as it:
• Enhances supple muscle tissues.
• Removes metabolic end products.
• Releases subcutaneous adherences.
• Facilitates local blood flow.
• Improves connective tissue healing.
• Promotes relaxation through relieving anxiety, depression and fear.
• Improves mood and self-esteem.
Sometimes, massage therapy may worsen the symptoms of MS, so it is always better to applied it under the advice of a doctor. Remember that massages can be efficient in easing stress and inducing relaxation, but it doesn’t have any effect on the course of the ailment.