Arthritis is a painful inflammatory condition that effects joints. It can affect people of all ages including kids. Swelling, constant pain, joint stiffness and muscle ache are the most common symptoms of arthritis. There is no cure for the disease but massage is one of the most effective treatments to soothe the pain and release stiffness.
There are many forms of arthritis but here are the most common types:
Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is an immune disorder causing damage to the bones and cartilage in and around certain joints. The most affected areas include wrists, hands and feet, yet it can develop in any joints of the body. The persistent and reoccurring inflammation makes Rheumatoid Arthritis very painful and sufferers often struggle to use body parts affected by this disease. Other symptoms of RA include swelling, burning pain and stiffness. Some people also experience fever, sensitivity and other flu-like symptoms when RA flares up.
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a condition characterised by degenerative changes in the joint cartilage. Cartilage is a semi-soft structure that lines up the ending of the bones. The main purpose of healthy cartilage is to create padding and prevents the bones from grinding. Degeneration of this structure can develop as a result of an injury or from natural wear and tear on aging joints. Without the necessary padding and support, joint movement can be very uncomfortable and restricted. The main areas affected by Osteoarthritis are knees, hips, spine and hands. Similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis, addiction symptoms of OA include pain, stiffness and swelling around the affected joints.
How can massage help arthritis?
There is no cure for arthritis, but massage is considered to be one of the most successful methods to manage this condition. It helps to relieve pain and slow down the degeneration of the cartilage. As it also releases tension in the muscles, it encourages people to stay active and mobile for as long as possible.
Massage is an effective way to relieve the pain caused by arthritis and it can help sufferers to lead a normal lifestyle. Massage can help the body to combat both muscle tension and pain. Poor circulation can also be improved with regular therapeutic massage. Stiff and painful joints can become looser and pain-free.
The main benefits of massage for arthritis include:
Pain relief: As pain is the most debilitating symptom, the main purpose of massage is usually to bring as much relief as possible. By soothing the nervous system, it helps to switch off pain signals, giving your body chance to relax and calm. Massage for arthritis also encourages the release of “happy hormones” called endorphins which are body’s natural painkillers. Most sufferers admit that having massage brings an instant pain relief and helps them refocus their mind away from the discomfort.
Enhanced circulation: Another important benefit of regular massage for arthritis is an increase in blood flow and improvement of circulation. By clearing the affected tissue of by-products caused by arthritis, it has a positive effect on releasing swelling and slowing down the inflammation. A boost of the blood flow also supplies the joints and muscles with necessary nutrients and oxygen. Regular massage sessions can improve the lubrication that your body produces. All of these ensure that the joints can move more freely and smoothly.
Lessen muscle stiffness: Arthritis forces muscles around affected joints to work harder to provide necessary stability and support. It is a body’s natural protective mechanism and a form of adaptation for you to stay mobile. Overuse of muscles and tendons causes stiffness and additional pain. The inflammation of joints can also spread into soft tissues causing further discomfort and damage. Massage for arthritis in Fulham can help to improve it by giving you more muscle movement and flexibility.
Increased mobility: Exercising can be very painful for those who suffer from arthritis. However, staying active is an important part of slowing down the arthritic degeneration. Massage helps to relax muscles and sooth the joints. This releases a lot of discomfort and encourages you to stay as active as possible.
Our ongoing Care
Depending on the level of pain and areas affected, an individual treatment plan can be created to ensure the best results. Most people, however, can feel a great relief after each treatment. Our on-site physiotherapist can also advise on specific homecare to manage the symptoms of arthritis including Epsom Salts baths. Find out more about the effect of massage on people suffering from arthritis.