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How Massage Therapy Can Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

There are an estimated 150,000 cases of Multiple sclerosis in the United States each year. Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease that causes the protective covering of the nerves to deteriorate. Daily life with MS can be uncertain; some days are great while others are painful and unbearable. The biggest problems MS sufferers face include severe stiffness of the muscles and joints, mobility problems, and increased stress. However, massage therapy has been proven to be beneficial to help reduce symptoms of MS for a number of patients.

Daily life can cause stress on anyone, but living with MS can make day-to-day life and tasks even more difficult. Massage therapy can help since it aids with stress reduction and increases your body's flexibility. Stress reductions help decrease the amount of pain an individual can experience and reduces muscle stiffness and pain. As a part of their MS treatment, patients must keep their stress levels low. Massage therapy can reduce the amount of stress felt in patients due to the calming massage techniques used and the soothing environment a session takes place in.

For any MS patient, a well-being approach for addressing the mind, body, and spirit is essential to combating the painful effects of the disease. Massage has been proven to improve spasticity, paresthesia, decrease stress, and lower anxiety.

Individuals with MS can use massage to supplement their conventional treatment. By receiving a regular massage, a patient can increase parasympathetic signaling which in turn would help decrease an elevated cortisol release in patients. By doing so, this can help reduce MS symptoms and increase the mental and emotional state of an MS patient, bringing them to a calm and relaxed state of well-being. 

There is not a limit on the number massage you can receive on a regular Many MS sufferers include massage therapy in their daily routine to manage their pain levels and remain as healthy as possible.

To schedule your appointment with a certified professional, contact LaVida Massage, today!

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