Arthritis Massage

If you are among an estimated one in five adults living with arthritis, there’s something you should know: massage therapy really works for relief of arthritis pain. Studies involving arthritis of the hands and knees each concluded that massage therapy was beneficial.

The Touch Research Institute conducted a trial over four weeks for adults who had arthritis pain of the wrist and/or hand. Participants were assigned randomly to a control group for standard treatment or a massage therapy group. The latter participants got professional massage on the affected wrist/hand once a week, and were instructed to perform daily self-massage. The conclusion: the arthritis massage therapy group showed a lower level of anxiety, less pain and greater grip strength than the control group.

An article in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports clinical findings from a similar study on osteoarthritis of the knee.  Patients undergoing regular massage therapy reported less stiffness and pain and noted increased physical function in their knees.

A study conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed that ongoing massage could lower anxiety, reduce pain, and improve grip strength for those with arthritis. Additionally, a common thread between arthritis sufferers is lack of deep sleep. Tiffany Field, PhD and director of the Touch Research Institute noted that, "When you are deprived of deep sleep, certain kinds of pain chemicals are released." With regular massage, our professional therapists can actually help you get more deep sleep. "It's this deep sleep that's truly important because that is where the restorative process is happening," says Field. This is doubly important, as not only can ongoing massage help you sleep better, but it can also decrease your pain during the day.
How Massage Therapy Works

Several things happen during massage that provide particular benefit to arthritis pain sufferers:
•    Joints are loosened when adhesions in muscles or ligaments are broken up
•    The production of synovial fluid is stimulated, thus providing additional cushioning
•    Production of natural pain-killing endorphins increases
•    Spasms which cause muscle pain are reduced

Additionally, research shows that massage has overall positive effects on the body:
•    Stress hormone production decreases
•    Immune function is improved
•    Sleep is more continuous
•    Blood pressure decreases

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