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Posted on: December 11, 2017

Benefits of Massage for Crohn's Disease

Crohn's Disease And Massage Therapy

Crohn's disease impacts fewer than 200,000 United States citizens per year. While that number may seem low in comparison to other diseases, that doesn't make it any less prominent. The disease has yet to be cured and while some treatments can help, sometimes the pain from inflammation becomes so great that people search for alternatives.

Before we get to the alternative, let's discuss what exactly is Crohn's disease. It's defined as an inflammatory bowel disease. This is a chronic disease and pain in the abdominal area is a common occurrence. It can also impact areas from the mouth to the anus. Even inflammation of the eye can occur.

One way patients are dealing with this disease is by undergoing massage therapy. While massage therapy isn't a miracle worker, it can relieve stress. The lower level of stress can reduce inflammation and other symptoms. It's important to follow the advice of your massage therapist and let him or her know of your condition.

There are precautions you should be aware of. If you are suffering from severe pain in the abdominal area, it's important that you let your massage therapist know. Some massage techniques target the abdominal area and it can leave you in even more pain.

It isn't always easy to tell if your Crohn's disease has gone into remission. It's very important that you make regular visits to your doctor. If blood tests show normal levels of inflammatory symptoms, there is a chance your disease is now in remission. Another way to tell is if the lesions in your bowel or colon have begun to heal.

Crohn's disease may not have a cure, but you can ensure a healthy and happy life is possible even with the disease.

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