Can Massage Help Manage Symptoms of TBI?
In my time researching and writing about traumatic brain injuries, I’ve heard quite a few far-fetched and barely researched “cures,” “treatments,” and “therapies,” most of which I ignore entirely out of skepticism. For example, after continuous research supporting the need for rest after TBI, I find it hard to believe that “quick return to activity” is the secret to healing we have been missing out on all this time.
I’m similarly less-inclined to believe that massage may be a reliable and effective treatment for many of the symptoms relating to traumatic brain injury. But that doesn’t stop Massage Today, a magazine for the therapeutic massage industry, from sharing their own tips for “Using Massage to Ease Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms.”
I will wait until I see academic research on the idea before I endorse it. Nonetheless, I find these potential treatments, therapies, or simple coping devices intriguing.