Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a condition in which motor neurons in the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems are gradually destroyed. Motor neuron degeneration causes voluntary muscle atrophy that is progressive and permanent.
Treatment for ALS with Massage Therapy
Massage therapy helps improve circulation, which reduces muscle fatigue, cramps, and spasms. • ALS is a motor dysfunction; the patient’s sensation remains intact. Increased circulation from massage can help prevent decubitus ulcers as the disease progresses and the patient’s activity decreases.
Massage therapy can help relieve pain associated with degeneration and thereby improve the patient’s general well-being.
Techniques to Use for ALS Treatments in Massage Therapy:
Passive stretching techniques • passive ROM techniques
Sounds and movements
Compression strategies • non-aggressive tapotement (especially in the limbs)
Massage Indications and Contraindications for ALS: • During passive range of motion, keep the patient’s limbs supported. Slow down and pay attention to the patient’s reaction and suggestions.
When doing passive stretching and passive ROM, go slowly, don’t push the step, and just go as far as you can.
Since the patient will be unable to communicate as the disease progresses, the patient and therapist may settle on contact
ALS Signs and Symptoms: • Muscle weakness or stiffness are common early symptoms of ALS
There are three types of ALS
Tell me about the Relaxation Center a Peaceful Journey
A Relaxing Journey Massage Therapy responds to the needs of people who want to live their lives to the fullest through crippling or chronic illnesses. We intentionally plan our practise around palliative care clients at our Core, emphasising and respecting the unique needs of ALS patients and their caregivers.