Massage and multiple sclerosis

The latest edition of International Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork revealed findings of a study by many PTs and doctors. Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory, immune-mediated, chronic condition that manifests itself by the following signs and symptoms: fatigue, pain, spasticity, other sensorimotor changes, and cognitive changes. The study showed significant improvement (in 24 of 28 females that completed the massage therapy session and outcome assessments) in the Modified Fatigue Index Scale, MOS Pain Effects Scale, Mental Health Inventory, and Health Status Questionnaire. Massage therapy was thereby found to be a safe and beneficial intervention for management of fatigue and pain (helped by, and because of, the mental health statuses) in people with multiple sclerosis.

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