Massage for Arthritis

Massage for Arthritis

DetailsTuesday, 27 June 2017


Massage Therapy for Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that effects joints and often results in pain and inflammation. It is more common among women however it can affect everyone – children, teenagers, adults and elderly people. This uncomfortable condition remains a mystery to recent medicine as there is still no remedy to fully prevent or cure arthritis. Massage therapy fulham is one of the most successful ways to postpone the onset of arthritis and make is less painful.

Understanding arthritis – osteoarthritis

osteoarthritis picture

There are two most common type of arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The first one is very popular and causes wear and tear to the joints. The cartilage (the structure which protects the bones from rubbing against each other) gets damaged, thinner and eventually disappears. The movement becomes much more difficult and joins are prone to develop pain and stiffness. Additionally, muscles, tendons and ligaments which surround the affected joints need to step in to assist in maintaining strength, balance and mobility. This causes them to flare up with inflammation and strains.  The advanced form osteoarthritis results in alteration of bone and joint shape. 

Osteoarthritis massage

Massage helps to slow down degeneration of the cartilage by increasing the blood flow to the joint and maintaining healthy soft tissue structures. Keeping the muscles, ligaments and tendons strong and healthy means they take the pressure of the joint itself and therefore create a form of extra support and protection.  Oxygen and nutrients are also delivered in the blood flow. They can enhance the healing in the damaged area and clear the natural waste products and micro-debris around the joint. It also soothes the area making it less tender or sensitive.

Understanding arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis

rheumatoid arthritis hands

The second type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. It is a form of autoimmune condition. It means that body’s immune system turns against the joints, bones and cartilage. It is a slow process that starts with the damage to the out lining of the joint, then progresses to the joint structure and eventually leading to breakdown of bones and cartilage. Inflammation and pain are the most common symptoms, but there are many other discomforts accompanying them such as stiffness, difficulty to bend and straighten the joint, burning sensation around the joint, swelling. People suffering with this condition are also more prone to develop autoimmune issues with other body tissues and organs.

Rheumatoid Arthritis massage

Massage is a fantastic tool in slowing down rheumatoid arthritis. It helps to balance central nervous system, even up hormonal levels, calm the digestive system – making every body organ more in sync with each other. This has a significant influence on immune system and helps to reduce the damage to the joints. Additionally, by increasing the blood flow, it is possible to maintain or increase the range of movement, boost the supply of nutrients and healing ingredients and reduce swelling. People who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis would benefit the most from regular fortnightly or monthly deep tissue massage treatments.

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