Massages are known to relieve pain, stress and help out with problem areas. According to the National MS Society, it’s one of the most well-known bodywork treatments. There are several kinds of massages that originated in different countries — below are some of the most used today.
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The Swedish massage is a bit more “traditional.” It uses techniques such as vibration, kneading, and friction.
The German massage uses most of the same techniques as the Swedish massage, but combines them with healing baths. Keep in mind that if you’re sensitive to heat, this might not be the best option for you.
Acupressure sounds like acupuncture, and that’s no mistake. This treatment is a Chinese massage that originated from acupuncture and uses fingers to stimulate the same parts of the body as needles do.
Shiatsu is a Japanese treatment that focuses on preventing conditions, not healing them. It uses fingers to promote better blood flow, provide energy and restore balance in the body.
Other than massages, there are other types of bodywork therapy. There’s the Rolfing or Aston variations, the Feldenkrais method, the Alexander technique and the Trager method.
The real question is: how do these massages and bodywork methods benefit patients with MS? While it might vary from case to case, it has been known to improve a patient’s range of motion and helped relax muscles. It also helps by bringing down swelling, reducing pain, improving circulation and reducing the chance of developing pressure sores.
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