Archive for October 2011

Remedial Massage for Paralysis

Considering Remedial Massage in cases of Paralysis

Paralysis can arrive for very many reasons, as the result of a stroke, Cerebal Palsy from birth damage as a result of Guillaume Barre Syndrome from an accident the causes are myriad and all very different. Many conditions where there is partial paralysis can lead to overtightened muscles and their partner muscles become flaccid and weak.

Massage can stimulate blood flow to the muscles, specialised techniques can work directly on the nerve reflex to fool the muscles into releasing and this may help to ease the pain and spasm which can be associated with hypertonic muscles.

Massage may sometimes be uncomfortable if there is partial sensation as it can lead to a pins and needles sensation, but generally the benefits of massage should outweigh the discomfort.Regularly stimulating non responsive or spasming muscles with massage may help to reduce the pain and discomfort which is often felt and stretching them will help to prevent contractures forming.