Classical massage in multiplesclerosis.


  • Iara Santos
  • Gabrielle Stephanie Soares Laurito
  • Maria Nazaré Soares Silva
  • Marcelo Carruba
  • Andrea Fernanda Leal
  • Luciana Barcala



Multiple Sclerosis; Classic massage; Physiotherapy


Background: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, inflammatory that affects the white matter of the central nervous system,
resulting in neurological signs and symptoms that after the outbreaks, may leave sequels as the location of the lesion. Symptoms may
include loss of double vision, muscle weakness, lack of balance, numbness, pain, problem in the control of the bladder and bowel,
fatigue, emotional changes and intellectual impairment. Objective: To describe the effects and compromise in carrier of multiple
sclerosis, to check the efficiency of classical massage in reduction of symptoms and their influence on the performance of activities of
daily living. Method/Design: It is a study of controlled clinical trial with a convenience sample of individuals already framed in clinical
school of physical therapy at the University Nine July (Uninove). Eight were selected individuals diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis,
between 30 and 50 years of age, without dermatological problems for the application of classical massage. The subjects were evaluated
before and after the proposed intervention consists of 20 sessions of classical massage performed twice a week having a duration of
40minutes each session. Results: In the first three months, there have been significant results demonstrated the functional assessment
(MIF), but from the sixth to the twelve months remained functional stability. The quality of life (SF-36) showed that in pre-requirements
of General Condition, Vitality, Social, Emotional and Mental, was increased in the first nine months and after this period, the results
were not significant. In the evaluation of the balance by the scale of Berg in the first three months did not show satisfactory results,
but from the third month to the sixth month there was a significant increase in the balance. The sensitivity surface showed an increase
after the sixth month of application of classical massage, keeping up to twelve months proposed by the study. In profound sensitivity
presented significant results from nine months of treatment. Conclusions: The present study showed that the physical therapy, through
the classical massage, does not eliminate the neurological damage that attends the disease, but can act in the treatment of specific
symptoms favoring the well-being and the features of patients with multiple sclerosis.


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Santos, I., Laurito, G. S. S., Silva, M. N. S., Carruba, M., Leal, A. F., & Barcala, L. (2015). Classical massage in multiplesclerosis. Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal, 1–4.



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