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ALS Worldwide
January 27, 2015

Lymphatic Massage

For all persons with ALS (pALS) and their caregivers, general massage can help reduce stress, pain and muscle tension. Studies have found that it may aid a range of disorders, from anxiety to digestive disorders and nerve pain.

Swollen arms, legs, feet and hands are common for those with ALS, caused by retention of excess fluid due to lack of exercise, movement, proper hydration, excessive salt or inflammation. Common treatments are elevation of feet, more exercise, increased hydration or the use of diuretics.

On a video conference with a patient, when asked about his overall state of mind and body, he mentioned that he had been experiencing a great deal of swelling in his legs. Along with trying traditional methods of treatment, he shared his experience with Lymphatic Massage, which is a gentle, relaxing form of massage that helps the body's lymphatic system work better while reinforcing immune function. With a trained therapist, he has found this form of massage helps reduce his swelling for up to a week. Not only has lymphatic massage improved his physical well-being, but his mindset is more positive as well. 

One of the best resources for learning about the benefits of lymphatic massage is the article "Lymphatic Massage Therapy" by Dr. Andrew Weil. While ALS is not specifically mentioned in the article, ALS Worldwide endorses his suggestions for use by our patients.

It's important to find a massage therapist trained in Lymphatic Massage. The AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) website in the U.S. is an excellent resource for locating a qualified massage therapist in your area. If you need further support finding a massage therapist in your area, please contact us at [email protected], or by phone at 608-663-0920.