Massage Therapy and Multiple Sclerosis
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, many patients living with the disease have used massage for relief and prevention of some of the common symptoms associated with the disease. A 1998 study cited by NMSS said the effect of massage on people with MS improved mood, reduced depression, and improved physical function. Massage therapy was also helpful in a variety of other symptoms caused by the disease.
Pain—one of the most common side effects—can be reduced through massage therapy. Massage is effective in reducing swelling of tissue which leads to pain relief. In addition, the pleasurable stimulation gives people with MS a reduction of anxiety. Poor circulation is another symptom experienced by people living with MS. Massage has long been known to aid in improved circulation by increasing blood flow and capillary dilation. Although massage has proven beneficial for these patients, it has no effect on the course of MS.
Massage therapists are in the unique position of being able to help patients with health issues through natural methods—reducing medical costs and trips to the doctor. If you’ve ever considered a career in massage therapy, now is a great time to look into it.
If you’d like more information about a career in massage therapy, or The Soma Institute’s Clinical Massage Therapy Program, give us a call at 1-800-694-5314.