Arthritis and Massage Therapy

scarlson By scarlson, 23rd May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/20xyf_gf/
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An effective and natural arthritis treatment is massage therapy.

Common Arthritic Conditions

Two of the most common arthritic conditions are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The Arthritis Society of Canada suggests that 1 in 10 Canadians are affected by osteoarthritis, and 1 in 100 people are affected by rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that typically affects the major weight-bearing joints: the hips, knees and spine, as well as the feet and hands. It is the degeneration and loss of cartilage that will produce the symptoms of pain, stiffness and limitation of movement in the affected joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis is what is known as an autoimmune disease. Essentially, your immune system retaliates against a part of your body and this results in inflammation. It shows up in your body as redness, swelling, heat and pain around the affected joint. The most common areas typically include the hands and feet, although it can also affect the elbows, shoulders, neck, jaw, ankles, knees, and hips.

What can massage therapy do for arthritis sufferers?

Historically, massage has been known for its numerous benefits as early as the 2nd century BC. It was Hippocrates in the fifth century who espoused the benefits of rubbing a joint.

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

The benefits of massage include:

- increase in circulation
- increase in flexibility and mobility
- decrease in pain and inflammation
- relief of muscle aches and stiffness
- a sense of overall relaxation and wellness

© Copyright, Sylvia Carlson 2006. Reproduction without permission prohibited. First published by Suite101.com.

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Arthritic, Arthritis, Arthritis Pain, Arthritis Treatment, Massage, Massge Therapy, Osteoarthritis Arthritis, Pain Relief, Rheumatoid Arthritis

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author avatar Denise O
24th Sep 2012 (#)

Nice info, just as all your articles have been tonight. Thank you for sharing.:)

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