Multiple Sclerosis

Vancouver massage therapy is widely available. You can book a session with a Registered Massage Therapist in downtown Vancouver on this site or call 604-685-4325. Ask about the benefits that massage therapy can have for a patient suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is a degenerative disease that attacks the nervous system. Put simply, the effect of this disease is to cause the immune system to attack the nervous system which slows and eventually stops communication between the brain and various parts of the body.

Common MS symptoms include physical weakness, difficulty lifting and carrying, loss of fine motor skills, loss of coordination, and impaired vision. Each patient is unique, however, so no two people suffer from MS in the same way. This means that one person may have several severe symptoms, while another may simply have periods of extended tiredness.

Other symptoms include:

  • Impaired speech
  • Depression
  • Diminished attention span
  • Dizziness
  • Urinary problems including incontinence
  • and frequent urination
  • Poor judgment
  • Pain in the face and extremities
  • Tremors
  • Numbness

MS symptoms tend to occur in episodes that may last days, weeks, or months. Between these episodes the patient may recover all or some of their strength and mobility before another relapse occurs.

MS diagnosis is most prevalent in young women, between the ages of 20 and 40. The disease is seen in men and can affect a person at any age. Unfortunately, a test is yet to be developed that can positively identify MS.

Instead, physicians arrive at a MS diagnosis by ruling out other neurological conditions. Tests commonly used in suspected MS cases include head and spine MRI scans, spinal taps, CSF oligoclonal banding, and CSF IgG indexes.

Although there is not an MS cure at this time, there are several strategies that can slow the progression of the disease and help manage the symptoms. Attack frequency can be limited through MS treatment strategies that use immune modulators and steroids. Similarly, medications exist to treat MS symptoms such as muscle spasms, urinary problems, fatigue, and depression.

In addition to medical treatment, patients are encouraged to make lifestyle changes as part of their MS treatment. Doing so, better enables patients to maintain their quality of life and manage their symptoms. Regular exercise helps to maintain muscle tone and mobility, good nutrition and adequate rest keep energy levels high, and attempts to keep a positive attitude to thwart mood disorders.

MS patients should also make every attempt to avoid conditions and factors that may trigger attacks. This means that measures should be taken to limit fatigue, excessive stress, exposure to extreme temperatures, and exposure to viruses and bacteria.

Massage therapy can provide several benefits to someone living with MS. A session with a registered massage therapist will relieve tension, decrease fatigue, improve the patient’s mood, and increase their energy level. Studies have also shown that undergoing regular massage therapy can help normalize immune functioning which may serve to limit the disease’s progression.

Vancouver Massage Therapy

To book an appointment with an RMT please click here.