Massage Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that is currently incurable, but treatable. The symptoms range from mild to severe, coming and going, while never going away for good. Like any chronic disease or syndrome, it can be hard to cope with the constant pain, fatigue, and variety of other symptoms. Fortunately, also like many other chronic issues, massage therapy can help.

If you or someone you care about has MS, you know that even a few hours of relief can be worth more than gold. Massage has been proven to reduce pain levels and may even lengthen the remission period between flare ups in some people. According to a study reported in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal, participants who received 10 weeks of massage therapy reported pain levels up to 50 percent lower than the control group. The proven stress reducing benefits of massage may also help reduce the frequency of flare ups in people whose symptoms often worsen in time of stress. 

This article from was written by an MS sufferer and her experience with massage. It's worth a read, but the bottom line: she's a fan.

When looking for a massage therapist, be sure to find someone licensed in their state, knowledgeable about your condition, and willing to work with your individual case. In cases of chronic illness, it's always a good idea to inform you therapist of any sensitive areas of you body that may need to be avoided or treated gently. During your massage, you comfort is top priority and an important part of your treatment. 

If you have any questions about whether or not massage is right for you, please talk with your health care practitioner and give us a call to discuss your particular plan. 

-Breanna Kinman, Licensed Massage Therapist

"Symptoms of multiple sclerosis" by Mikael Häggström - All used images are in public domain.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

"Symptoms of multiple sclerosis" by Mikael Häggström - All used images are in public domain.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

White Willow Progress

So it's been twelve days since our official business opening. We've got a few things in the works: 

  • Our logo has been slow-coming, and there have been some bumps along the way, but it's almost here! 
  • Our sign, hand painted by Charlie Campbell, is on the way and we have a feeling it'll be gorgeous. 
  • We commissioned an oil painting from Justin Birdsong. We've seen a sneak peak photo, and we love it! You'll see it hanging in our waiting room as soon as the paint dries. 
  • We now (finally!) have gift certificates available for purchase on our website. Massage makes the best gift, of course. 
  • We're working on putting together a grand opening party. Come see the space and have a snack. Stay tuned! 
Our waiting room, sans new painting.  

Our waiting room, sans new painting.