Massage provides relief for a variety of conditions. Boasting a range of benefits including a reduction in pain, anxiety, tension, depression, blood pressure, and the production of the body’s stress hormone, cortisol, massage is a powerful tool used to alleviate symptoms of certain health conditions.
When it comes to autoimmune disorders, it is best to consult directly with your health care practitioner first before seeking out massage. There are proven results from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine that massage has been able to assist in the following conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
For children and adults with this condition, massage can decrease pain, improve range of motion, and reduce anxiety.
- Multiple Sclerosis
Massage can lower anxiety, reduce the pain and depression associated with this disorder and aid in improving balance while promoting better body image.
When it comes to individuals with fibromyalgia, massage can reduce stiffness and fatigue while also promoting sleep.
- Inflammatory Cytokines
Massage therapy can suppress the pathways that increase inflammation and overstimulate the immune system in autoimmune disorders.
Type of Massage
There are many different massage modalities that can be applied to an individual with an autoimmune disorder but our most common one is the gentle form of Swedish Massage. Known for its long, gliding strokes and kneading movements, this type of massage is excellent at delivering a relaxing and therapeutic experience.