Monday, 31 March 2014

Massage Therapy For Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, which affects people between their early teen years and their mid-70s, occurs when wear and tear breaks down the cartilage cushions between the joints, causing pain and stiffness. Massage therapy seems to ease the pain. Chronic osteoarthritis responds well to massage. Pain is relieved, as the muscles surrounding the joints relax, releasing stiffness and allowing for better range of motion and mobility.

Massage therapy for Osteoarthritis decreases pain and increases mobility, increases blood flow to areas of arthritis, bring oxygen to help healing, flush out toxic inflammatory substances that add to pain and swelling, increases relaxation, decreases stress, and a sense of well-being. Deep tissue massage is used when osteoarthritis is more chronic to ease connective tissue pain around affected joints. Another type of massage to avoid when osteoarthritis is inflamed is lymphatic massage, which involves a pumping movement to move toxins out of the body.

The types of massage that can help patients with osteoarthritis are:

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