There is no shortage of theories and methodologies aimed at treating the painful symptoms of arthritis, but regular massage therapy treatment may be the most effective way to reduce arthritis pain over a long period of time.
According to a 2006 study by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, a weekly massage therapy session can be an effective way to reduce chronic pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee. More studies on the benefits of massage therapy show promising results for those with arthritis of the hands, wrists, and fingers, with a daily self-massage leading to a significant impact on overall pain level.
Massage treatments increase circulation, relax muscular groups, boost the immune system, and help to reduce stress and anxiety – all of which can contribute to arthritis pain.
However, some massage techniques can actually exasperate your arthritis pain and inflammation. Depending on the practitioner’s field of expertise, applied pressure and various movements may be painful for those with rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis, for instance. Furthermore, patients exhibiting the following symptoms may not be ideal candidates for massage therapy treatment:
– Damaged joints
– Flares of inflammation
– Moderate to severe osteoporosis
– High blood pressure
– Varicose veins
Before you begin any treatment, speak with your general practitioner or massage therapist to learn more about how your body may respond to massage treatment and the steps you can take to increase its efficacy.