Massage for Arthritis

Posted on May 10th, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

Arthritis is an insidious disease, eating its way into the joints of nearly 70 million Americans, or nearly one out of every three U.S. adults. It’s inflammation of the joints, stiffness, and pain are the most common symptoms of arthritis. And it’s more than just one disease — there are at least 100 variations of arthritis claiming new sufferers every day. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and even fibromyalgia are just a few of the arthritis heavy hitters.

Many of my clients have some form of arthritis and receive regular bodywork for pain relief. One approach I take during a session is gentle and calming strokes. The last thing someone in pain needs is rough manipulation of an already sensitive area. Homework that I provide usually involves stretching; depending on the area affected.

There are a few home activities one can do to help reduce arthritis pain. Yoga is a wonderful option to keeping the body moving. It also offers mental relaxation and breath focus. Water walking is another simple exercise that offers multiple benefits.

One Response

  1. BGR Dawn says:

    Thanks for the knowledge.


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