Massage and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition affecting the brain and spinal cord. It’s cause is unknown, but something triggers an auto-immune response causing the immune system to attack myelin. Myelin is the protective shield around nerve fibres. As this is damaged, the nerve signals to and from the brain are disrupted.


Everyone with MS is different, but symptoms include numbness, tingling, mood changes, memory loss, pain, fatigue, blindness and paralysis. It is a life-long condition, and usually is diagnosed when a person is in their twenties or thirties. It is two to three times more common in women than men. There are different types of MS. Currently there is no cure, but there are treatments to help control the condition.




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How can massage help?

Massage has been shown to help relieve some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Massage aids muscle relaxation, which in turn can help relieve spasticity and increase range of movement. It can be a pleasant experience, promoting relaxation and reduction in pain and stress. It can increase circulation and help prevent pressure sores. Studies have also shown it can reduce fatigue.

As with all medical conditions, it is always necessary to check with your consultant before booking a massage. Some people with MS suffer from oedema, ulcers or osteoporosis, among others, and massage may be unsafe. It is often possible to adapt the massage however to avoid further damage while still reaping the benefits.


As with all medical conditions, it is always necessary to check with your consultant before booking a massage. Some people with MS suffer from oedema, ulcers or osteoporosis, among others, and massage may be unsafe. It is often possible to adapt the massage however to avoid further damage while still reaping the benefits. Make sure that your Massage Therapist has knowledge and understanding of MS and how it affects you before starting a course of massage the you or a loved one affected by MS? Please share your experiences below!

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