August is Happiness Happens Month, August is Goat Cheese Month, but August isn’t all happy and cheesy. It’s also Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a hereditary disease that attacks the nervous system, around the spine, resulting in the wasting away and shrinking of muscle, also known as atrophy. There are different types with varying degrees of fatality. Type 1 is the most deadly and starts in the womb. Type 2 starts in infancy or childhood, and has the same symptoms, but a slightly brighter outlook, below the 90% with type 1 who don’t make it to 10.
Type 3 starts in adolescence, and people with it will face the same difficulties, although in some cases less severe. They also have a minimally affected life span. Type 4 begins in adulthood, after 30, and fewer muscles are affected. Lifespan is also not affected.
There is no cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, but there are proven, and potential treatments to make life, however long you have depending on the type, easier. Physical therapy, to decease pain and improve whatever muscular function is left, makes up the bulk of this. Physical therapy is a go to option. And as part of physical therapy, massage is part of the regimen.
Massage can decrease the rate of atrophy and stimulate what muscles are left. It also increases blood flow and gives the neurons under attack a helping hand. Massage, possibly in tandem with acupuncture, has also been used with some positive results. Although not Electrotherapy, another popular treatment that really kicks up the neurons, acupuncture can help decrease pain, stimulate blood flow, and wake up weakened neurons and muscles. As complimentary treatments, combined with proven treatments, massage therapy and acupuncture can be a deadly combination-for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Plus, who isn’t not happy after a massage?
Holistic treatments, combined with medically proven treatments, can positively impact those suffering from diseases, or just experience similar aches and pains, similar to Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Making it a part of a treatment regimen is an easy and relatively affordable (compared to hospital bills), option. It’s also an investment in your overall health. Also, who doesn’t need a massage?