Not only does massage help with the physical pain and changes caused by a disability, it can also help you get comfortable in your body and most importantly, help you get comfortable with being touched when you're not feeling confident or secure with your body. It can help with the mental pain and changes created by the normal concerns over body image and performance anxiety. During massage you can relax, explore and learn about your body in a comfortable setting.It's a perfect way to get used to intimate touch once again.
Whether caused by stroke, SCI or illness/disease, paralysis creates a variety of problems that massage can help with. Here's a good article on the Benefits of Massage for SCI Patients that can be applied to anyone dealing with any kind of paralysis.
They didn't include sexuality it in the above article. I think that it's very important for men & women living with paralysis, their partners and/or any potential partners to learn about it. After all, we live in a day and age where we can see ads about Erectile Dysfunction almost everywhere. Why ignore sex when it comes to disability? That being said, I am sharing this article about Sex After Paralysis . It's time that everyone stops thinking that people who are paralyzed (or are even just a wheelchair user) don't have the same need for intimate touch or desire to have sex. Some just need to be more creative to accomplish the goal... nothing that a caring partner, some extra pillows/wedges and maybe some toys can't fix.
As with the articles I linked to above on paralysis, the articles I provided on amputee rehab and care left out intimacy and sex too. Here's an article on Post-amputation intimacy: An amputee's case-sensitive investigation. I like this article because it was written by an amputee woman but she refers to male amputees too. Most people deal with poor body image from time to time. Some suffer performance anxiety too. It's hard to enjoy intimacy when you're not confident in your skin. Because of the major changes in their bodies, body image and performance anxiety are very common issues for amputees but they don't have to be. Remember what I said earlier... massage can help you learn about your body and get comfortable with it. When you get to know your body you'll be more comfortable with it and so will your partner/potential partners. Most people will be as comfortable or uncomfortable with your body as you are.... especially when it comes to sex. Relax and let them learn about and enjoy your body. If balance, leverage, painful positions, etc. are problems you just need to be more creative to accomplish the goal... nothing that a caring partner, some extra pillows/wedges and maybe some toys can't fix ;o)
Remember this from the article above... "In sex, there are no hard and fast rules. Preferences are as individual as people are."
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