Massage has become one of the most commonly used complementary health approaches. It’s also a treatment that might benefit people with osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis, which affects nearly 27 million Americans, occurs when wear and tear breaks down the cartilage cushions between the joints. Pain and stiffness often result.
In a recently published article entitled, “If You Have Osteoarthritis, You Need Massage,” authors and experts, Heath and Nicole Reed, write,
“Osteoarthritis is a painful joint disorder involving inflammation and the loss of healthy cartilage in one or more joints. By far, the most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is also known as degenerative joint disease,” adding that conventional medical treatments for arthritis include pharmaceutical medication and surgery, and have limited benefits and many undesirable side effects. “The beautiful thing is, natural remedies such as massage and functional movement can halt—and, some people say—even reverse the painful and debilitating symptoms of arthritis,” they write.
Chronic osteoarthritis responds well to massage, Heath and Nicole suggest. Pain is relieved as the muscles surrounding the joints relax, releasing stiffness and allowing for better range of motion and mobility. Increased relaxation, decreased stress, and a sense of well-being are additional benefits of massage therapy.
“Massage therapy is a valuable addition to traditional osteoarthritis treatments. It also supports the mind-body connection, leading to more positive attitudes about the body and greater ease and flow throughout life,” they write.
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