The most popular of all bodywork therapies is massage. It was used as a therapy for sports and war injuries in ancient Greece. Massage is now used to relax muscles, alleviate stress, and treat symptoms that are made worse by muscle tension. The following are some of the most common types of massage in the United States today.
Tapotement (tapping) (a series of quick movements using the hands alternatively to strike or tap the muscles) • Effleurage is a French term that means “to entice (a long gliding stroke) Petrissage is a term that refers to the act of (kneading and compression) Sounds and movements (a fine, rapid, shaking movement Abrasion (deep circular movements with thumb pads or fingertips) Reiki is a Japanese healing technique. Swedish motions are paired with relaxing baths in German massage (which are not recommended for people with MS who are heat sensitive). Acupressure is based on the conventional Chinese method of acupuncture, but instead of needles, it uses fingers to stimulate various parts of the body. Shiatsu is a Japanese finger-pressure device that focuses on prevention rather than healing. The aim is to improve circulation and restore energy balance in the body.
Rolfing or Aston variations — a procedure that involves applying deep pressure to the fascia to correct body alignment (tissues that cover muscle and internal organs). The Feldenkrais approach (also known as “sight by movement”) is a technique for making movement patterns smoother and more effective by correcting behaviours that put undue pressure on muscles and joints. Alexander technique — a movement therapy aimed at improving poor posture and movement patterns that cause muscle and body stress. Trager approach (Tragerwork) — a technique that incorporates gentle, rhythmic contact with exercises to alleviate stress in posture and movement.
Massage is used by many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to avoid or relieve the following symptoms: Spasticity — Massage will assist in the relaxation of muscles and the enhancement of range of motion exercises. Pain — Massage is helpful in any situation where pain relief is obtained by reducing swelling or mobilising tissues. It can provide pleasurable relaxation, helping the MS patient to relax while also reducing anxiety and fear. If massage is used to help control pain, it should be done under the supervision of a doctor. Poor circulation — Massage can improve blood flow by using friction to increase blood flow through superficial veins and petrissage to increase blood flow through deeper arteries and veins. Light stroking can also help to improve capillary dilation during massage. Pressure sores — Massage can help prevent pressure sores from forming, but it should not be used if pressure sores or reddened areas of inflammation are present.
Edema — swelling caused by an excess of watery fluid accumulating in cells, tissues, or body cavities. Edema can be caused by a number of factors, including heart and kidney disease, and it is important to consult a physician before starting massage therapy. If the edoema is caused by immobility, a light massage can be beneficial. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and easily broken. People with MS have lower bone mass than the general population and are more susceptible to fractures for unknown causes, which may be due to corticosteroid use and limited mobility. Massage therapy can only be used on the recommendation of a physician if osteoporosis is present. Liver or spleen ulcers or enlargement Someone who has recently sustained an injury or has been diagnosed with cancer, arthritis, or heart disease should seek medical advice before undergoing massage therapy. Pregnant women should talk to their doctor about which forms of massage are safe to have during their pregnancy. Massage can help with stress relief and relaxation, but it has no effect on the development of MS. In a 1998 study, researchers looked at the effects of massage on: Anxiety and depression relief Attitude, self-esteem, and body image improvements improved physical and social functioning as a result of increased ambulation. The participants’ self-reports were used in the study, and it was discovered that after a five-week cycle, physical and social activity had increased in those who received massage. The massage party also experienced a reduction in depression. However, there was no change in grip power and only a slight increase in ambulation. Locating a registered massage therapist: The American Massage Therapy Association, the nation’s largest non-profit trade association representing massage therapists, educates the public and the healthcare sector about the health benefits of massage. The American Massage Therapy Association offers an online search tool to help people find certified massage therapists all over the world. Massage therapists can be identified by searching by venue or massage technique. Massage therapists are required to be licenced in most states. You will get more detail from your state licencing board and the Touch Research Institute. If you want to heal quickly from pain or injury, massage is an excellent therapy for your body. Many people pursue massage therapy to alleviate stress and anxiety, while others seek therapy sessions during and before their rigorous exercise workouts to minimise muscle soreness, stiffness, or to loosen the fascia for quicker recovery from muscle pain.
Massage therapy sessions may be helpful to people with multiple sclerosis for a number of reasons. A licenced massage therapist manipulates the soft connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments to increase blood circulation and reduce muscle tension and anxiety during the massage. Although massage cannot cure multiple sclerosis, it will definitely benefit you if you have the disease. Massage Therapy Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis? If you have multiple sclerosis, there are many advantages of seeing a massage therapist: Although massage therapy may not be able to cure the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, it can help to improve quality of life. Massage advantages, on the other hand, vary from person to person, depending on the severity of his multiple sclerosis. Here are some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis that massage can help with: Fatigue is a common occurrence. Circulation problems. Spasticity is a term used to describe a person’ Anxiety is a state of mind. There’s a lot of it. Depression is a state of mind. Misalignment of social structures. Mood shifts are a common occurrence.