According to the CDC, 54 million Americans live with rheumatoid arthritis, making it the leading cause of disability in this country. Many people deal with having to manage symptoms of the crippling disease, including morning stiffness and joint swelling, every day. The month of May is National Arthritis Awareness Month which is dedicated to bringing attention to the widespread effects of this disease and helping to fight back and conquer arthritis.
Massage therapy can be an effective way to safely reduce pain with many positive effects for those in search of a natural approach to alleviating tension and discomfort caused by arthritis. Whether administering self-massages or seeking the help of a licensed massage therapist to help loosen overworked joints and muscles, massage therapy should be explored as a viable option for pain management.
The benefits of massage therapy for arthritis:
Pain Management and Reduction of Stiffness
The onset of pain can seem unbearable for those living with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, as changes in the weather or performing routine tasks can become a real challenge.
A skilled massage therapist will first work with new clients to locate trigger points and then apply compression and use proper timing to release pain and stress, allowing muscles to relax and reducing stiffness in joints.
Strengthen Muscles and Joints
The chronic pain associated with