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.
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.