Massage and Arthritis

An estimated 50 million Americans deal with some sort of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition, which causes inflammation and pain in joints, is predominately found in older generations but some children experience arthritis as well.

There are a wide variety of treatments, which include medications, physical therapy and surgery. While many people seek traditional treatments, there is growing research that shows the benefits of massage. More and more arthritis sufferers are realizing that a targeted massage can offer lasting relief. Many people combine traditional treatments like medications with massage for maximum benefits.

A recent study conducted at Yale Prevention Research Center showed massage improved flexibility, decreased pain and improved range of motion in the majority of arthritis patients that committed to 16 weeks of regular massages.

You’ll want to talk with us about your arthritis, including your pain level and the areas of discomfort. Please tell us if we are applying too much pressure. To get the most out of a massage, you’ll need to be upfront and honest about what you’re feeling. Don’t be afraid to speak up. We will understand your needs and adjust the techniques to fit your body.