Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system: the brain and spinal cord. It affects both men and women, usually between, but not limited to, the ages of 20 and 40 years. Symptoms include muscle spasms, abnormal numbness, walking and coordinated movement, tremors, and weakness. Speech, bladder, bowel, vision, and fatigue are common. Currently, it is suspected that the disorder is prompted by a virus, gene defect, and/or environmental factors. This inflammatory disorder damages the myelin sheath that covers and surrounds nerve cells. Much like a frayed electrical cord, signals delivered through that cord are not transported.
While massage therapy is not a substitute for medical treatment, the service compliments holistic care when muscle spasms, pain, anxiety, and circulation are the concern. Essentially, massage reduces the stress associated with the disorder and supports quality of life.
When choosing a massage modality, find a licensed practitioner that performs Swedish massage: a staple of the industry. The long, light strokes are deeply relaxing to muscles and encourage circulation. As with all holistic therapies, verify any treatment with the physician in charge.