Types Of Massage For Multiple Sclerosis
Massage is the most common of all bodywork therapies. It was used in ancient Greece as a treatment for sports and war injuries. Today, massage is used to relax muscles, reduce stress and relieve conditions exacerbated by muscle tension. Types of massage commonly practiced in the United States today include the following.
Most common Swedish massage, which could use the traditional techniques of:
- Effleurage (a long gliding stroke)
- Petrissage (kneading and compressions)
Less common: Vibration (a fine, rapid, shaking movement). Friction (deep circular movements with thumb pads or fingertips) and Tapotement (a series of quick movements using the hands alternatively to strike or tap the muscles)
German massage, which combines Swedish movements with therapeutic baths (which are not recommended for people with MS who are heat sensitive). As well as Hot Stone Massage would to recommended.
Deep Tissue Techniques:
Classic Deep Tissue Massage- Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage may be therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
Ashiatsu– Can be deeper than Deep Tissue Massage. Ashi (foot) -atsu (pressure) is a deep, painless form of barefoot massage that you will love. A therapist, is not going to be “walking on you”. The bars on the ceiling are used only to help keep the balance and be able to do more different moves with massaging with feet. Ashiatsu is a massage where massage strokes are performed with feet. The pressure can be applied as deep as necessary, because therapist can engage the whole body to perform the moves unlike only the upper body strength with regular deep tissue massage. Ashiatsu massage can be as relaxing as Swedish and as light and painless if you want it to be. As well t can be more intense in muscle tension relief is that is whats necessary to do during the session.
Acupressure, which stems from the traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture but uses fingers rather than needles to stimulate specific parts of the body.
Shiatsu, a Japanese system based on finger pressure, which focuses on prevention rather than healing; its purpose is to increase circulation and restore energy balance in the body.
Other common forms of bodywork therapy include:
- Rolfing or Aston variations — an effort to correct body alignment by applying deep pressure to the fascia (tissues that cover muscle and internal organs).
- Feldenkrais method — “awareness through movement” — which is designed to make patterns of movement easier and more efficient by correcting habits that unduly strain muscles and joints.
- Alexander technique — a movement therapy intended to correct bad habits of posture and movement that lead to muscle and body strain and tension.
- Trager method (Tragerwork) — in which gentle, rhythmic touch is combined with exercises to release tension in posture and movement.