By Andrew Siyabalawatte, Posted April 2021.
At least half a million people in the UK suffer from Arthritis Pain. More than 10 million people including children and young people have it. The good news though, is that arthritis can be successfully managed. You just need to know how.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions – Arthritis Foundation
Common symptoms include-
- reduced joint range of motion
How can Massage help manage Arthritis Pain?
It goes without saying that a controlled diet and the right amount of exercise – especially low impact exercises that are easier on the joints like swimming, walking and cycling are good ways to manage Arthritis pain.
Massage helps relieve pain and eases the muscle stiffness associated with arthritis by improving circulation, helping to reduce inflammation. That translates to enhanced blood flow to arthritic joints, improved movement, and reduced pain.
Our massage therapists know how to moderate their pressure based on how your body feels, to deliver an effective massage to reduce pain and joint stiffness. Our massage therapists have treated clients with osteoarthritis and rhematoid arthritis to good effect.
In the meantime, here are a couple of strengthening exercises for those that have arthritis in the hips and knees, or for those who just want to improve general strength. To advance further, incorporate the use of a resistance band to increase the load through the joints and further improve strength and stability in these areas.
For those that are not sure whether massage can benefit your type of arthritis, it may be worthwhile consulting with your GP beforehand. We also offer Osteopathy, which is a proven technique to gently improve and alleviate symptoms of arthritis. Alternatively, drop us a line and we will be happy to advise accordingly.