The RMT Education Project is an initiative to promote the benefits of massage therapy to an international audience, here I have to put together a list of research papers relevant to multiple sclerosis.
Massage Can be a Source of Safety, Comfort and Relief
For patients with Multiple Sclerosis massage therapy is an intervention that improves health related quality of life on many fronts and is generally well-tolerated.
First massage helps patients manage musculoskeletal pain, there are also documented effects of abdominal massage on constipation (McClurg et al. 2011).
More to Explore
Backus, D., Manella, C., Bender, A., Sweatman, M. (2016). Impact of Massage Therapy on Fatigue, Pain, and Spasticity in People with Multiple Sclerosis: a Pilot Study. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. (OPEN ACCESS)
Bisht, B., Darling, W.G., Grossmann, R.E., ... Wahls, T.L. (2014). A multimodal intervention for patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis: feasibility and effect on fatigue. J Altern Complement Med. (OPEN ACCESS)
Field, T. (2016). Massage therapy research review. Complement Ther Clin Pract. (OPEN ACCESS)
Finch, P., Bessonnette, S. (2014). A pragmatic investigation into the effects of massage therapy on the self efficacy of multiple sclerosis clients. J Bodyw Mov Ther.
McClurg, D., Lowe-Strong, A. (2011). Does abdominal massage relieve constipation? Nurs Times.
McClurg, D., Hagen, S., Hawkins, S., Lowe-Strong, A. (2011). Abdominal massage for the alleviation of constipation symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled feasibility study. Mult Scler.
McClurg, D., Goodman, K., Hagen, S., ... Manoukian, S. (2017). Abdominal massage for neurogenic bowel dysfunction in people with multiple sclerosis (AMBER - Abdominal Massage for Bowel Dysfunction Effectiveness Research): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. (OPEN ACCESS)
Schroeder, B., Doig, J., Premkumar, K. (2014). The effects of massage therapy on multiple sclerosis patients' quality of life and leg function. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. (OPEN ACCESS)