Neurological Conditions

What are Neurological Conditions?

Neurological conditions are some of the most challenging conditions someone has to endure, significantly contributing to disability and compromising your quality of life.

Neurological Conditions of the Brain and Spinal Cord

Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington Chorea, ALS, Parkinson’s, stroke, head and spinal cord injuries, spondylosis, among others are categorized as conditions of the Central Nervous System, affecting the brain and spinal cord. Some of these conditions may be progressive.

Disorders of Peripheral Nerves

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatic Pain, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Bell’s Palsey, Tigeminal Neuralgia, among others are categorized as peripheral nerve disorders. The peripheral nerves are those beyond the brian and spinal cord.

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What Causes Neurological Conditions?

Neurological conditions may arise from trauma, injury, nerve compression or entrapment, viruses, autoimmune conditions, secondary to other health conditions or as a side effect of some medical treatments. Some conditions may be present at birth. 

Neurological conditions may include an array of symptoms from pain, numbness, tingling or burning, loss of sensation to muscle weakness and compromised mobility. 

Your primary health care provider should be consulted if you are experiencing any symptoms that you suspect may be of neurological origin. Further diagnostic procedures or referral to a specialist may be appropriate.

Can Massage Therapy Help Neurological Conditions?

Massage Therapy is increasingly being recognized and sought for the treatment and management of disorders of the Central and Peripheral Nervous system. Your Massage Therapist will work with you to understand the symptoms and limitations that affect you the most, while assessing and identifying contributing factors that may be mitigated or managed. A treatment plan that focuses on your individual goals and lifestyle will be developed with you. The management of pain, improved quality of sleep, along with improved mobility, function and mood will often be key goals of treatment for patients with neurological conditions.

Massage Therapy as Treatment for Neurological Conditions

There are a variety of techniques that your Massage Therapist may apply in the treatment of neurological conditions, from those that address soft tissues and joints, to those that aim to change the patterns of neurological signaling between the brian and the peripheral nervous system. Massage Therapy has few serious risks if it is performed by a properly trained therapist and if appropriate cautions are followed. In British Columbia, a Registered Massage Therapist has completed the required education, registration exams and continuing education to be registered as a Health Care Provider. Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But ordinarily it shouldn’t be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or is painful, let your therapist know right away. Clear communication with your therapist is a priority.

Are you experiencing symptoms that have been diagnosed or you suspect may be caused by a neurological condition?

Contact us to book your consultation appointment.