Massage is beneficial to those who suffer from osteoarthritis, which is a disease that more than 27 million Americans suffer from. As a natural remedy, massage can halt and may even reverse some of the effects of this condition. Massage therapists need to be aware of the condition of their clients and avoid doing tissue damage if the joint is inflamed. Those with osteoarthritis may choose massage therapy as an alternative to medications which can tax the liver and kidneys, and some studies indicate that a once weekly massage session of 60 minutes can have significant beneficial effect.
- More than 27 million American adults have received an osteoarthritis diagnosis—and this number is rising, particularly as our society ages and becomes more sedentary.
- Numerous research studies have indicated massage therapy is a safe and effective natural approach to reducing osteoarthritis symptoms.
- massaging clients with osteoarthritis decreases pain from arthritis as well as stiffness, while it increases mobility, strength and overall function of the joints.
“The beautiful thing is, natural remedies such as massage and functional movement can halt—and, some people say—even reverse the painful and debilitating symptoms of arthritis.”