Therapeutic Medical Massage: Effective Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that affects the nervous system. Nerve axons are covered with myelin. Myelin is an insulating layer that surrounds the nerve axon and speeds up nerve conduction.

Multiple Sclerosis begins with an inflammatory process resulting in a loss of the myelin sheath. This process is known as demyelination. “Scar tissue, known as sclerotic plaques, develops at the site of demyelination. These plaques cause a slowing, disruption or blockage of the nerve transmission.” Over time, these disruptions can become worse and permanent depending on the location and the size of the lesion.

There are several types of Multiple Sclerosis. The different types are based on the progression of the disease. There are five different types of Multiple Sclerosis. From the mildest form to the most severe they are labeled as follows: Benign, Attack-Remitting, Benign or mild Attack-Remitting, Chronic Progressive Attack-Remitting and Acute Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

“The causes of Multiple Sclerosis are unclear, although it is thought that many factors interact in a specific way to result in the disease process.” There are four main factors that appear to be involved in the cause of Multiple Sclerosis. They are genetics, environmental, viral and immunological. Some factors that seem to exacerbate the disease include: deficiencies in several nutrients including zinc, vitamins B6 and B12 and essential fatty acids, amalgam fillings, food allergies and stressful events. At this time there is no known cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

How can Therapeutic Massage help?

There are many symptoms involved at various times during the different types of Multiple Sclerosis. They include fatigue, weakness, spasticity (tight or contracted musculature), inefficient movement patterns (tremors, altered gait), paresthesia and mood swings. A person with Multiple Sclerosis may also suffer with other conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis and stress. It is important to again recognize that symptoms can change from treatment to treatment. Therapeutic Massage can reduce and help with the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

Relaxation Techniques and Therapeutic Advanced Techniques are indicated for treatment of this disease. The goals of the therapist include: decrease sympathetic nervous system firing and promote relaxation, avoid inducing fatigue (avoid prolonged deep work) and providing a caring and supportive environment.

For more information on Multiple Sclerosis and Therapeutic Massage treatment protocols, please contact me at [email protected].

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