Massage & Multiple Sclerosis: hope for a better quality of life
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a progressive and disabling disease that greatly impinges on quality of life. Unfortunately, symptoms don’t go away, and currently, there is no cure. It’s not all bad news though: various treatments and medications are available to help manage the condition and researchers continue to explore ways of treating and providing therapies for those with MS.
Human touch can have a profound effect on health, with researchers believing that it may even promote healing. In addition to the feel-good benefits of touch, massage therapy also provides great relaxation and stress relief, along with helping to free up and elongate muscles, increase range of movement, and improve blood circulation.
A recently commenced research study, to be carried out at Shepherd Centre in Atlanta in the US, is looking to investigate whether regular massage therapy can improve pain, spasticity and therefore overall quality of life among individuals with MS. This trial will be the first to see how massage may influence the above measures in MS. Consisting of only 25 participants, individuals will receive standardised one-hour massages, once a week for six weeks during the trial.