Many people with arthritis feel that their pain isn’t always easy to manage. Chronic pain affects people both physically and mentally. According to the Arthritis Foundation, people with arthritis tend to feel unwell physically, which prevents them from doing day-to-day activities or work, and unwell mentally, which comes in a form of stress, depression and more.
Massage is a great tool to help with those mental and physical effects of arthritis. It can help reduce physical pain, while bringing peace to an anxious mind. In a 2006 study by the University of Miami School of Medicine, research showed that, “people who used massage regularly saw improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints.”
Additionally, massage can lower the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, which improves your mood and sleep.
When it comes to getting a massage to help with arthritis, it’s important to talk with your physician to ensure that massage is a safe option for you. The Arthritis Foundation warns to use caution when getting a massage if you have:
-Damaged joints from arthritis
-Flare of inflammation, fever or a skin rash
-High blood pressure
To schedule a massage with ReQuest Physical Therapy, call 373-2116.