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Four Alternative Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis

By Daryl H. Bryant (413 words)
Posted in Living with MS on May 27, 2014

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Four Alternative Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis

As there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), many patients turn to alternative therapies to help relieve the pain and discomfort prescribed medication cannot always treat. These alternative therapies focus on relieving tension in muscles and joints, often reducing the inflammation that causes symptom outbreaks. If you suffer from MS and are interested in exploring the alternative therapies for Multiple Sclerosis, here are four popular techniques you can try out to reduce your MS symptoms.

With reflexology, it is believed that certain pressure points in the hands and feet correspond to different organs in the body. Massaging and applying pressure to these areas can reduce discomfort and promote healthy functioning in specific organs. Many MS patients who use this reflexive therapy experience improvements in muscle strength, spasticity, and an improvement in bladder and urinary functioning.

This traditional form of Chinese medicine involves stimulating specific points on the skin in order to promote healthy energy and reduce pain. For many MS patients, acupuncture works to reduce pain and numbness in the body, and it has been proven to help stabilize mood and reduce depression. Alternatively, there is no evidence that acupuncture can reduce the exacerbation of MS symptoms so it should only be used to supplement your existing medical treatment rather than replace it.

Aromatherapy is a successful alternative therapy for many MS patients as it significantly reduces stress. Different plant oils are combined to make different aromas that can help your brain and body relax. Reducing stress can help you avoid symptom outbreaks, so discuss with your doctor which aromatherapy techniques and scents will work out best for you.

The diagnosis and symptoms of MS are huge stressors for many patients, and massage therapy can work to tackle both the physical and emotional stress of the disease. Massages can help relax muscles and joints, improving movement and muscle strength while reducing the physical pain the disease can cause. It has also been proven to help those patients suffering from constipation and other bowel discomforts.

Before incorporating any alternative therapies into your MS regimen, it is important to discuss with your doctor which will work best for you and your symptoms. Many of these therapeutic techniques work to combat specific symptom outbreaks that you may or may not experience. Be open about your existing medical conditions, the medications you are currently taking, and what you hope to gain from alternative therapy before integrating these alternative therapies for your Multiple Sclerosis.

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Felicita Cruz posted on: May 28, 2014

Would like more information regarding this I have MS for 27 years

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