In honor of National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, today we are going to talk about arthritis and massage. One form of this debilitating condition that can occur at any age is Rheumatoid Arthritis. This causes inflammation of the lining of the joints. Another form is Osteoarthritis, where cartilage in the joint deteriorates because of wear and tear of aging. It is the latter form of arthritis that is the most commonly reported chronic condition of people 65 years of age.
Research about massage as a therapy for arthritis shows that it can provide a reduction in pain levels as well as improved range of motion in the affected joints. There is also evidence that massage can improve the muscular strength of the affected joint.
All studies showed that massage helped arthritis sufferers get better sleep, both by reducing pain as well as lowering their anxiety. Improving their sleep resulted in an increased ability to cope with the symptoms of arthritis, which also resulted in an elevated mood.
So come on in and get those relieve those aching sore joints!