Can Massage help sufferers of COPD?

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a respiratory disease that is typified by difficulty breathing from chronic bronchitis, emphysema or a mix of both.

Massage can play a supporting role in helping to manage the symptoms by reducing associated anxiety and the negative effects of stress hormones but also by improving blood flow to the muscles around the rib cage, encouraging their mobility and relaxation.

The most suitable type of massage will depend on what stage the COPD is at.

Initially, when things are less acute and occasional periods of shortness of breath occur, most massage types are suitable but a relaxing deep tissue massage or a more clinical sports massage or myofascial release treatment can really help with fatigue and with the respiratory muscles that can shorten.

Gentle, less invasive treatments are more suitable if it is harder to do simple daily tasks, for example Swedish Massage, Hot stone, lymphatic drainage, gentle myofascial release or reflexology.

If there is difficulty in moving around, gentle onsite chair massage is probably the best option and still can help with relaxation and general muscular tension.

As with any chronic medical condition it’s important to get your doctors go ahead before trying any complementary therapy and to understand that massage can help with symptoms and is not a substitute for any prescribed medicines.

Mark is an Advanced Massage Therapist at Natural Balance Therapies in Hove. You can read more about their therapies and book online by visiting www.anaturalbalance.co.uk or calling 01273 771441


Dear Customers, Friends and Supporters, as you will be aware the Government has announced that most Covid guidance and legal restrictions will be lifted in England from Monday 19 July.  While this move will be welcomed by some of you, we understand that others of you will be more cautious. 

We have decided, therefore, to keep all our current protocols for now, so that everyone will continue to feel safe when on our premises:

  • We will maintain the same social distancing and extra cleansing protocols in place, so a maximum of 5 people in the Adult space and one family unit in each part of the Children’s space. 
  • We ask that, if you are able, you wear a mask in all areas and remove it when the session starts.  
  • There is a full air exchange between sessions, as always, and sessions will be spaced further apart to allow for deeper UV cleaning between.

If you have any questions for us, please do ask.

The Salt Space Team xx