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Posted on: July 3, 2017

Scoliosis and Massage Therapy

Scoliosis and Massage Therapy

Scoliosis affects millions of men, women, and children. The spine has curves that allow flexibility. Scoliosis is diagnosed when a person has an abnormally curved spine. The condition is rarely fatal, but it can have a negative effect on a person's daily life. Scoliosis can cause pain, fatigue, and arthritis. Massage therapy can relieve some of the pain associated with the condition. 

Causes and Symptoms

Most scoliosis cases have an unknown origin, so they are considered idiopathic. Girls are more likely to be diagnosed with the condition. Most people are diagnosed in their teenage years. Adults can be diagnosed with scoliosis, but the condition is usually diagnosed in childhood. Sometimes, the condition can be caused by stress or physical trauma. In rare cases, some people are born with scoliosis. The condition may be caused by nervous system abnormalities, hereditary disorders or hormonal imbalances. 

A Skilled Massage Therapist

A skilled massage therapist can give a deep tissue massage. The massage will increase circulation and relieve muscle pain. When the tightened areas are elongated, the spine can relax. The combination of strokes will balance the muscles in the back. Regular massages can relieve stress and lower blood pressure. The sense of relaxation will last for several hours after the massage. Depending on the severity of the diagnoses, you may need more than one treatment. You should speak with the massage therapist during and after your treatment.

For many people, scoliosis can cause insomnia. A recent study concluded that regular massage therapy sessions can help patients sleep better. Besides improved sleep, patients will also have enhanced mobility. Massage therapy can enrich a person's mental health. Many patients show some improvement after their first session.

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