Massage Therapy for Arthritis
Before I start describing the benefits of massage therapy for arthritis, I would like to refer you to my disclaimer.
OK, now that that's done...
Many people find relief from pain with massage therapy for arthritis conditions.
There are many types of arthritis, so ask your doctor which type of arthritis you have before getting a massage.
Is massage appropriate for the type of arthritis you have?
(When I mention massage, I am referring to circulatory unless otherwise noted.)
This type of arthritis occurs from excessive use of the joint or
general wear and tear over the years. It is very common in the knees
(skiers and tennis players often have OA in the knee after working the
joint in the sport for 40 years.)
There is no way of healing the wear and
tear after the damage has been done, but the positive side is that
there are behavioral changes that can be made that can reduce pain and
improve the condition.
In most cases of RA, massage therapy for
arthritis would be beneficial.Have the area massaged throughly and
regularly by a professional therapist. If the area is inflamed,
however, do not massage the area. Wait until the inflammation goes down
and then check with your doctor before getting the massage.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
This type of arthritis is related to the immune system and is typically
indicated with 'nodes' or hard bumps that develop on the joints (common
in the fingers of the elders). The joints eventually loose mobility and
Ask your doctor if massage is OK for this
type of arthritis. Because it is an immune disorder, it is spread
through the circulatory system and massage can spread if in acute phase.
If there is no inflammation, massage should
be ok and will make the condition feel better and help the joints to be
more mobile. Still, check with your doctor first.
This is pain in the joint caused by bacteria and is very serious.
DO NOT GET MASSAGE. GO TO A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.
Gout it a type of arthritis that is chemical, and usually causes
swelling in the toe or foot. It is typically brought on by food
bingeing, but it could also be a systemic problem, and is also common
Gout should not be massaged. People with gout should to to the doctor to find out the best treatment.
Massage Therapy for Arthritis:
For the types of arthritis that can not receive circulatory work,
energy work might be a way of improving the situation. Energy work by
no means is a substitute for going to a doctor, but may help when used
simultaneously with Western medical treatments.
What about energy work?