It doesn't prolong neuronal survival (nothing does that we know of) but has improved my husband's quality of life, in concert w/ passive stretches and ROM exercises. He is quadriplegic. Also, when he has areas that "go numb," (he also has diabetic neuropathy and other reasons for numbness), massage is indispensable. You can see the skin color changes.
Needless to say, you don't want deep bodywork for this, but a gentler, slower approach. My husband's complete "workout" consisting of all of the above, takes >2h daily, in bed.
("Needless to say, you don't want deep bodywork for this, but a gentler, slower approach.") That was the question I was going to ask. I can't help but think it would help even for just spasticity. Thanks.
Tried massage but not that helpful to me. I get the most out of time in pool. Think it has to do with weightlessness. It's relaxing, can do light aerobics and range of motion and I don't feel so clumsy and uncoordinated. I feel much worse on days I can't get to pool.
I have a massage therapist come in once a week and she gives both of us a massage. I have to admit that I probably get more out of it than Tim, as he can't lay on his stomach and get his back rubbed, but she works on his shoulders and neck.