MS Patients Find Relief in Massage Therapy

New treatments are being developed for multiple sclerosis every day, with patients finding relieffrom their pain and fatigue in many ways. Sometimes, however, it’s discovered that the old wayswork the best! A new pilot study is looking at the effects of regular massage therapy for reducingspasticity, pain and fatigue among MS patients. While the idea is not new, the data is. Learn aboutthe new small pilot study that shows how regular massage therapy can be of great help inrelieving symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a neurological condition that it is estimated affects more than 2.5million people across the world, and over 400,000 in the United States, with 200 new casesdiagnosed every week. It can develop at any age, but most often presents between the ages of 20and 40. People with MS experience a wide variety of symptoms that vary from case to case, butcan include:

  • Fatigue

  • Numbness and tingling in the extremities

  • Dizziness and vertigo

  • Weakness

  • Muscle spasms

  • Stiffness and pain

  • Coordination and balance problems

  • Speech problems

  • Cognitive issues

  • Mood swings

Massage Therapy and Multiple Sclerosis

According to the president of the American Massage Therapy Association, a 2016 “metaanalysis”of research in the field which was published in the Pain Medicine Journal shows that massagetherapy is exceptionally effective in relieving many varieties of pain, including those suffered bymultiple sclerosis patients. As holistic approaches to chronic conditions are being given a secondlook, this nonchemicaltreatment could provide relief to many.

The Study

This new study, published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork , was anonrandomized look at 28 patients with MS and was conducted at a longtermnonprofit carefacility. Twenty four of them completed the full study, in which researchers looked at spasticity, painand fatigue using accepted and standardized scales, as well as perceptions of physical and mentalhealth, and impressions of quality of life, using questionnaires.

Each patient received weekly massage therapy over a period of six weeks. At the end,researchers noted a marked improvement in their spasticity, pain, fatigue and overall perceivedmental and physical health.

A Safe and Helpful Intervention

Massage therapy is highly safe and lowrisk.It is known to carry a broad variety of mental andphysical health benefits, ranging from relaxation to sports injuries. Its usefulness as a treatment forMS may be newly supported by scientific evidence, but it’s not surprising. Any time a form oftreatment can decrease pain and fatigue, a patient’s overall mental health and quality of life willimprove as a result.

Physical and massage therapists looking to help people with multiple sclerosis and make adifference need the best staffing resources to find positions where you can have the most positiveeffect on people's lives. At TheraEx Staffing, we specialize in finding people the perfect job tomatch their skills and personality. If you’re looking to enhance your skills and qualifications andstart working your dream physical therapy job , give us a call to get started today!

Meta: Learn about the new small pilot study that shows how regular massage therapy can be ofgreat help in relieving symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis.KW: Multiple sclerosis, massage therapy

BlogRey Rivera