According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis is among the most common causes for disability. It is estimated to effect nearly 70 million people. Massage Therapy has been found to alleviate symptoms associated with arthritis. While it cannot cure arthritis, it can ease pain associated with it by easing compression on the joints that accompanies the disease. Several studies have found vast improvement in individuals receiving regular massage therapy versus those who did not receive treatment. Improvements include
- Decrease in pain,
- Decreased stiffness
- Increased range of motion.
Massage therapy has been known to decrease levels of Cortisol, a stress hormone, while increasing endorphins. Endorphins are the bodies natural pain killers and mood enhancers. By increasing circulation and blood flow to the area around the joint, oxygen and nutrients are more easily delivered to the tissue. Massage loosens the connective tissue around the joints, easing muscle tightness and relieving pain. While I do not encourage foregoing medical treatment, I do encourage you to improve your quality of life by opting to try a supplementary treatment to be added to your daily pain management routine. A recommended regime for massage therapy would be once a week for one month, followed by a one time a month maintenance program.