Hand Held Massagers and MassageTherapy

Thumper Mini Pro 2 Hand Held Percussive_Dr. Christensen, currently working at Lucas Chiropractic in Wasilla Alaska answered my questions about the hand-held electric massager.  He said there are some massage and stimulation techniques that are shown to relieve a lot of problems and pain.  Massage, even using an electrical hand-held massager can be helpful and feel great if used properly.

Moderation is the key. As we know that with MS, the myelin has deteriorated and Dr. Christensen said, “When a vibration goes through the body for a prolonged period of time your nerves may be irritated and possibly damaged.  We may experience a microdamage, not lasting damage, yet if it’s repeated for long periods of time every day for years the nerves could possibly be damaged.”

I learned from Bellevue Massage Therapy that there are challenges with massage for multiple sclerosis.  Every person is different so there no specific massage therapy protocol for people living with MS. The massage therapist must assess and address each individual based on his/her unique set of symptoms.

Oster Professional 102 Stim-U-Lax MassagerrBesides a electric hand-held massager, many types of massage and bodywork are available. Deep tissue massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles and may bring relief while for others these massage techniques may create worse pain for a few days than they were in before.

A light Swedish massage or gentle therapies such as myofascial are what many of us think of as a relaxing massage.

Bellevue Massage Therapy explains why massage is beneficial for Multiple sclerosis,  why massage is beneficial for multiple sclerosis,Massage therapy can play an effective role in reducing both the symptoms of MS and the stress of daily life. For joint stiffness, massage increases blood circulation in muscles around joints, which creates more pliable tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissue.”

Bellevue goes on to tell us that massage makes our tissue more pliable and our joints easier to move so we can stretch and exercise in between massage sessions to maintain a joints range of motion and flexibility.

The muscles may clamp down on the veins which reduces the blood flow and will cause pain. Massage improves the circulation of oxygenated (nutrient rich) blood to muscles and other tissues which will relieve pain.  For muscle weakness or atrophy, it’s important to maintain the integrity of muscle tissue. For spasticity or muscle tension, many massage techniques relax muscles and relieve pain.  Other massage strokes calm the nervous system, which temporarily reduces their exaggerated stimulation of muscle fibers.

If you’re interested in a high quality hand held massager you can get the Thumper right here.

If you would like an inexpensive hand held massager from Walmart like I have, you can get the Oster Professional 102 Stim-U-Lax right here.

I would love to hear your massage stories, whether it’s using a hand held massager or a professional therapeutic massage. Let me know in the comments below.



About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. Can you really give yourself a proper massage or relax fully if you are having to administer it to yourself. Surely the focus needed to do it properly takes away all the relaxation.

    • Matt
      I have to say that you are right there~ The handheld massage feels great but is not necessarily relaxing. I see that you’re an expert in acupuncture, you probably know about relaxation! Are you an acupuncturist? I’m very interested in knowing how acupuncture can benefit those of us with MS.

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