Massage Helps Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Certified massage specialists at Discover Massage Traverse City may be able to offer those with Lou Gehrig’s Disease some relief from muscle pain.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) made headlines across the United States in the late 1930s when professional baseball player Lou Gehrig went public that he had the disease. Decades later what causes ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, to destroy the motor neurons that control voluntary muscle systems is still unclear.

ALS gradually stops the brain from being able to communicate with muscles. As muscle neurons waste away, muscles weaken and the ability to control muscles voluntarily decreases. While someone with ALS may lose the ability to talk, swallow and move, the ability to think clearly is not affected. Brilliant scientist Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous people living with the illness currently.

People with ALS typically live between three to five years as the disease progressively worsens. Some, like Hawking, live longer. There is currently no known cure although research into the cause and treatments to minimize effects continues.

How can Discover Massage Traverse City help?

Typically in the early phase of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the arms or legs feel weak. Often people feel discomfort from muscle cramps.

Certified and accredited massage therapists can use gentle, passive massage to alleviate muscle pain and minimize cramping. Additionally, gently working on range of motion with limbs helps to lessen stiffness in the joints and reduce the severity of spasticity.

The benefits of therapeutic massage for those with ALS include slowing down muscle atrophy by stimulating blood supply to muscle tissues as well as naturally lowering the amount of the stress hormone cortisol.

In the later stages of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, muscle deterioration is significant and so any massage must be very focused and gentle. When atrophy is advanced, often there is little muscle tissue left and touch may be painful. At this point many clients find gentle compression as well as massage of the scalp, hands, and feet a great comfort. Craniosacral massage in particular offers relief to those left immobile by ALS.

Looking for a natural therapy for Lou Gehrig’s Disease? Fight the debilitating effects of ALS with regular massage booked through DISCOVER Massage Traverse City.