Multiple sclerosis can cause musscle and joint stiffness, massage therapy increases blood circulation in muscles around joints, which creates more pliable tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissue. More pliable tissue means easier joint movement. The effects of massage can be enhanced by stretches and exercises that maintain a joint’s range of motion and flexibility between massage therapy sessions.
Therapy improves the circulation of oxygenated, nutrient rich blood to muscles and other tissues. For muscle weakness, atrophy, tension or spasticity, it's important to maintain the integrity of muscle tissue.
Therapy reduces abnormal muscle tone, relieve pain, and increase circulation and muscle length to reduce spasm. Other effects are to sedate the nervous system or local peripheral nerves, which temporarily reduces their exaggerated stimulation of muscle fibers. The challenge with massage for multiple sclerosis is that there is no specific massage therapy protocol for people living with MS. The massage therapist must assess and address each individual based on his/her unique set of symptoms.
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