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Can Massage Therapy Help Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

Can Massage Therapy Help Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?


Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease affecting the central nervous system that can cause a wide range of symptoms, is becoming more and more prevalent.  It is thought that over 2.3 million people worldwide are diagnosed with MS, with about 200 new cases cropping up in the United States every week.  March happens to be MS Awareness Month which makes right now a great opportunity to become a little more educated on this disease, and whether massage therapy is a viable way to relieve  some of the symptoms.


MS organizations like the National MS Society maintain that the way to really combat the effects, and possibly the progression, of this disease is through treatment with one of the FDA-approved disease-modifying drugs.  However, MS can bring about a slew of symptoms that massage, or other wellness practices, can help relieve or lessen.


Spasticity – This symptom causing stiffness and/or involuntary muscle spasms in limbs is one of the most commonly experienced.  Neurologists often prescribe medications, exercise, physical therapy, and daily stretching to relieve this symptom.  Massage can play a role in relief as well, in that receiving regular massage can help reduce muscle stiffness and can increase circulation to the affected areas.  Massage can help other spasticity treatments to be more effective by helping muscles be less sore or rigid.


Sadness and anxiety – Whether due to the unpredictability of MS, worry at what the future might hold, or sadness at the change and loss MS can bring, these feelings are very common with those diagnosed.  While seeking professional medical help for feelings of depression is an important first step, massage can help complement the mental health treatment already in place.  Massage can increase the “feel-good” hormone dopamine which regulates our sense of joy, enthusiasm, and inspiration.  Massage also helps promote endorphins, oxytocin, and epinephrine which can all help promote feelings of euphoria. 


Pain – Whether it’s pain from spasticity, pain in joints, knotted-up shoulders or back from stress, or an aching head or jaw, the pain relief that massage can bring is valuable and effective.  Both the affected areas, as well as the compensating areas are at risk for pain and tightening.  Massage can not only provide relief from pain in the body’s soft tissue, tendons, and muscles, but it can also help promote circulation to the area.  Also, there are tremendous therapeutic benefits to simply being cared for and touched by a human hand.  Massage is can be a comforting and effective method to help control pain.


Sleeping problems – sleep disturbances and MS seem to go hand-in-hand.  Frequent trips to the bathroom, periodic limb movements (PLMS), or the aforementioned spasticity or pain can all prevent a restful night’s sleep.  A vicious cycle can erupt, as the fatigue and stress caused by lack of sleep can trigger increased MS symptoms, leading to poorer sleep, and so on.  Massage can help to promote more restful sleep by promoting the production of serotonin which helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm.  Massage also reduces the stress hormone cortisol which, when elevated, can disrupt sleep.


With MS, it’s important to seek regular medical treatment from a neurologist for the most effective treatment possible.  Make sure he or she agrees that massage therapy is a good complementary therapy option.  And then go ahead and enjoy the relaxing, comforting, and effective benefits of massage.


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Comments (8)

Carrie-Anne on Aug 29, 2017
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in October 2011, at the age of 44. I woke up one morning with numbness in my lower back and legs, I couldn't feel my feet touching the floor. I saw my doctor and had an MRI to see if I had a disc problem, it was negative and she told me she feared MS. I was sent to a neurologist, had two more MRIs, and was told that night that I have four lesions on my spine MS. I tried every shots available but nothing worked. In 2015, my neurologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to NewLife Herbal Clinic natural organic MS Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this treatment, the numbness, terrible back pains, stiffness, body weakness, double vision, depression and others has subsided. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic official website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com or email info@ newlifeherbalclinic. com.

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Debra on Sep 13, 2017
I was diagnosed in 2006 with multiple sclerosis, the only symptoms at that time were falling and legs hurting and moving all the time. I remember no symptoms at all until last year. I went into full seizure mode, I was put on Avonex. I had the symptoms of that medication every day for 13 weeks, I mean I was so sick every day. I stopped that medication and a few days later I was back to my normal self. Then a few weeks later I started having attacks every week and I was really bad. It's like one long attack every day. My upstairs neighbors cause me great anxiety every day. I have gotten a new neurologist and she started me on the Copaxone and I didn't know what to expect, I knew I hurt from when I wake up until I go to sleep.I lost touch with reality.I started on Health Herbal Clinic multiple sclerosis Disease Herbal formula in June 2017, i read alot of positive reviews from patients here in the United States on their success rate treating multiple sclerosis through their Herbal formula and i immediately started on the treatment. Just 7 weeks into the Herbal formula treatment I had great improvements with my Vision and coordination, my stiffed, rigid muscle had succumbed. I am unbelievably back on my feet again, this is a breakthrough for all multiple sclerosis sufferers, visit Health Herbal Clinic official website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email info@ healthherbalclinic. net.

Margaret Larino on Jan 24, 2018
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 50. I was still mobile but use a cane. I had balance issues and some falling. I only took baclofen as the injectable medicine did not seem to help. I was about to try other oral medicines.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. My multiple sclerosis got significantly worse and unbearable because of my cognitive thinking.. Last year, i started on a natural multiple sclerosis Herbal therapy from Mbeki Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I am doing very much better now, no case of Cognitive thinking or memory Loss,, my multiple sclerosis condition is totally reversed. Visit Mbeki Herbal Clinic website ww w. mbekiherbalclinic. com. This treatment is a miracle!!

Carol Drali on Feb 20, 2018
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 1 month after I turned 50. My Grand-mum was 96 and had it since she was in her 20s. I was on Copaxone, the first year was daily and later I was on 40 mg, 3 times a week. It made a tremendous difference for me. Although the fatigue was what really gets to me. When I do too much, I do start to feel weak.There has been little if any progress in finding a cure or reliable treatment. My multiple sclerosis got significantly worse and unbearable because of my cognitive thinking.. Last year, i started on a natural multiple sclerosis Herbal therapy from Green House Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I am doing very much better now, no case of Cognitive thinking or memory Loss,, my multiple sclerosis condition is totally reversed. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic website w ww. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am thankful to nature, the medics failed. Share with friends!!

sarah jjj on Feb 23, 2018
I have been diagnosed of multiple sclerosis (ms) for 6 years now, i have used so many prescriptions fromm my doctor but never gave me a cure rather controlling the symptoms, my symptoms where ( constipation, depression, difficulty swallowing, difficulty thinking and understanding, flare, headache, heavy legs, numbness of face etc.), my health and life was gradually deteriorating more and more, so i took a glance on the internet and i found (GENERAL HERBAL HEALTH CENTER) a HERBAL MEDICINE HOME that can cure multiple sclerosis (ms), i gave a test to their herbal product because there is no harm in trying, i bought the medicine and it was shipped to my door step and i was very happy so i used the herbal medicine (note: this herbal medicine can be use/taken along with your doctors medical prescription, if you want to) i used this herbal medicine for 9 weeks the results were wonderful, i started getting good result, my symptoms was gradually going away, i started getting healed, i can feel that because i know how i was before i started using the herbal medicine, and in 9 weeks i was cured totally.. thanks to general health center.
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Johan Boutella on Mar 20, 2018
After my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis 2 years ago, i stopped all the Multiple sclerosis medicines prescribed due to severe side effects, and decided to go on natural herbal approach. My primary care provider introduced me to Rich Herbs Foundation and i immediately started on their Multiple Sclerosis herbal formula treatment, this herbal treatment has made a tremendous difference for me. My symptoms including shaking, muscle weakness, fatigue, mood swings, numbness, double vision and urinary retention all disappeared after the 4 months treatment! Their website is ww w. richherbsfoundation. com. Its just amazing!

chantelle on Apr 03, 2018
My ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) symptoms started out with muscle weakness, stiffness and slurred speech. My primary physician prescribed riluzole and radicava to reduce symptoms and slow down progression but I could not tolerate them for long due to severe side effects. I decided to adopt a more natural approach and started on ALS Herbal formula from RICH HERBS FOUNDATION, the ALS natural formula immensely helped my condition, i had a total recovery from ALS with this natural herbal formula treatment. Rich herbs foundation official web site w w w. richherbsfoundation. c o m. I feel alive again!

Kristen Dutton on Jul 06, 2018
Five years ago, I went numb from the waist down. After quite a few MRI’s, spinal tap, I was diagonsed with Multiple Sclerosis. I was on Avenox for almost 2 years, i had 1 year of monthly steroids IV, had to stop due to hip pain. Through my physiotherapist i learnt about a MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS HERBAL TREATMENT from R.H.F. (RichHerbs Herbal Foundation) and their success rate with the treatment, i immediately started on the MS treatment, i experienced decline in major symptoms including hand tremor, back pain, difficulty walking, muscle paralysis and weakness, uncomfortable tingling and burning, fatigue, urinary retention,double vision, slurred speech difficulty swallowing, numbness. Visit ww w. richherbsfoundation. c om. I knew that a positive attitude is everything and to just believe, I’m in control of my life again….