Massage For Arthritis Pain

Massage therapy cannot cure or stop the progression of any of these arthritic conditions, but massage can most assuredly ease the symptoms associated with inflammation, and help improve the quality of life of someone affected by arthritis.

Drug-free Relief from Arthritis

Arthritis sufferers experience swelling and pain in their joints, often making everyday activities painful and difficult. There are two common types of arthritis:
Rheumatoid: a chronic condition where patients suffer from sudden swelling in the joints, ligaments and muscles.
Osteoarthritis: where cartilage slowly breaks down over time due to wear and tear as well as aging.

  • Injury to joint

  • Infection

  • Trauma

  • Degenerative joint disease

  • Metabolic disorders

  • Periarticular conditions (conditions occurring in structures surrounding the joint)

  • Symptoms:

  • Joint pain

  • Joint swelling

  • Changes in joint size or shape

  • Heat and/or redness at the joint

  • Loss of mobility ,500 BC residents suffer from some kind of arthritis, and the numbers are growing:

  • Injury to joint

  • Infection

  • Trauma

  • Degenerative joint disease

  • Metabolic disorders

  • Periarticular conditions (conditions occurring in structures surrounding the joint)

  • Symptoms:

  • Joint pain

  • Joint swelling

  • Changes in joint size or shape

  • Heat and/or redness at the joint

  • Loss of mobility ,000 BC residents suffer from some kind of arthritis, and the numbers are growing:

  • 21.7% of women have arthritis

  • 15.7% of men have arthritis

  • By the year 2031, arthritis prevalence is expected to increase by 124%

  • 25% of long term disability cases are caused by arthritis

  • Arthritis is the second most frequent reason for non-prescription drug use





Treatment:

We will assess what kind of arthritis you have and then develop an appropriate Massage Therapy program. Treatments depend on a number of factors such as severity, age, occupation and lifestyle. Since the majority of sufferers have chronic arthritis, treatment will focus on reducing discomfort and pain. RMTs will offer tips for in between treatments to help patients manage their pain at home.

Benefits:

Massage Therapy kneads and soothes the area around a joint to relieve the tension in the muscle. By doing so, the joint pain is reduced as swelling goes down. A massage stimulates the immune system which is an integral part of skin as much as of internal organs.
Moving the muscles and surrounding areas of the joints, circulation of blood and lymph is improved. This increases toxin removal from the body. Toxins affect joint operation and exposure is constant through food and air chemicals that are ingested. Using knowledge of arthritis and massage therapy, joint mobility can be greatly improved.
A therapist familiar with arthritis and massage benefits understands the physiology of the joint. A massage is directed at the joint, but overall relaxation can help reduce arthritis symptoms also. The benefits of a massage are many.

  • Increased circulation

  • Increased flexibility

  • Decreased inflammation

  • Decreased pain

  • Decreased joint stiffness

  • Increased feelings of wellness

  • Decreased muscle aches

Pain of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Another common chronic disease of childhood, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), is a painful inflammation of joints which may persist for months or years.12 The chronicity of the disease and the stress inherent to the family may contribute to increased anxiety in the child.

Pain control is sometimes a problem as the effects of anti-inflammatory drugs are limited and narcotics are not considered appropriate.

The results of TRI's study on JRA were published in 1997. Twenty children, ages 5 to 14, were randomly assigned to a massage or relaxation modality administered at bedtime by the parent. During the 30-day trial, massage proved more effective than relaxation in reducing anxiety in parent and child, as well as reducing stress hormone levels.13 Participant pain also decreased, as assessed by self-report, parent report and physician observation. The success of massage in reducing pain may have been due to an increase in serotonin or a pain-blocking mechanism.

Contact Us

Advanced Muscle Care (Westchase)

12000 Westheimer Rd.,

Ste 304,

Houston, TX 77077

Phone. 281-496-7246

Email. marvin@medical-massage.net

Advanced Muscle Care (Katy)

2003 Silver Brook Ln,

Katy, TX 77494

Phone. 281-496-7246

Fax. 2814967244

Email. marvin@medical-massage.net