Arthritis pain? Try Massage Therapy!

ma1The Center for Disease Control estimates that by the year 2030 nearly 67 million people over the age of 18 will be diagnosed with some form of arthritic condition. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in the United States. While this condition is rarely life-threatening, it is definitely life-changing. Arthritis limits mobility of joints, causes swelling, stiffness and pain. On a good day it may be nothing more than an annoyance but at its worst can be crippling.


There are a myriad of traditional treatment options for arthritis sufferers; from over the counter anti-inflammatory medications to doctor prescribed medications, steroid injections and even surgical intervention. While these options may be effective for most people, they undoubtedly come with side effects. Anti-inflammatory medications, both prescribed or OTC, can cause gastrointestinal upset and ulcers when used long term. Steroid injections are painful to receive and the effects can be short lived. Surgery is invasive and painful; recovery is time consuming and comes with the risk of post operative infections or malfunction of implants in the case of joint replacements. Deciding on a proper course of treatment can be overwhelming and confusing.


In light of this, many people decide to seek out alternatives therapies. There are many non-traditional approaches that may be appropriate ma2and can provide relief without the side-effects of traditional medical treatments. The key to successfully managing arthritis symptoms with massage is through application of the correct pressure. Moderate pressure is best for pain management and relaxation; light pressure is too stimulating for the nervous system, while deep pressure can inflame already sore areas causing more pain. Massage increases circulation to help reduce swelling and loosens soft tissue restrictions to provide increased range of motion for stiff joints.  Many people with arthritis also experience insomnia due to discomfort and anxiety; massage promotes restful sleep by stimulating the release of our bodies natural endorphins.


ma3Therapeutic massage done by a skilled practitioner who is experienced working with arthritis and joint issues can bring many benefits and rarely are there negative side effects afterwards. If you or someone you know has arthritis pain and are tired of it slowing down your life, let us help. We can answer any questions you may have and schedule your consultation. Call us today at 661-942-5000.