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Can Massage Help Arthritis?

By 10th April 2015 No Comments
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Regular massage of muscles surrounding effected joints, can lead to a significant reduction in pain for people with arthritis, A number of studies on the benefits of massage, including on people with arthritis have been carried out to determine the benefitts. In recent studies on the effects of massage for arthritis symptoms, regular use of massage led to improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints.

While most research on massage examines its effects on the general population, not specifically people with arthritis, recently more studies are underway to study the effectiveness of massage for people with arthritis. For example, one 2006 study conducted at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey examined 68 adults with knee osteoarthritis receiving two Swedish massages per week for eight weeks, compared to a group who received no massage. The massage group reported significant improvements in knee pain, stiffness, function, range of motion and walking, the researchers found.

While some studies show that massage can reduce pain and anxiety for people with arthritis, how exactly does massage make these results happen? Research has shown that massage can lower the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol, and boost production of serotonin, which, in turn, can improve mood. Additionally, massage can lower production of the neurotransmitter substance P, often linked to pain, and improve sleep as a result.

If you have Arthritis and wish to book in with one of our soft tissue specialists, contact us at Maslow Therapy on 07792740193