Massage has been found to be highly effective in the management of various painful conditions include osteoarthritis. In a recent review of over thirteen different clinical trial studies, it was observed that massage therapy has been highly effective in the management of lower back pain.
In addition other studies have concluded its beneficial action on neck stiffness and rigidity. As per the American College of Physicians, massage therapy is highly effective, in management of chronic pain (osteoarthritis pain), when used in conjunction with other therapies.
Osteoarthritis Massage Therapy
In case of Osteoarthritis, massage therapy helps by reducing pain and improving mobility.It aids in flushing out of toxic substances and stimulates relaxation and an overall sense of well being.
Many physicians don’t recommend massage therapy especially when there is acute pain and swelling due to osteoarthritis. Massage therapy can be used effectively in case for chronic pain management.
Benefits Of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is one of the best types of massage for management of Osteoarthritis. It relieves body pain and reduces muscle spasm and tension. It relaxes the muscles and treats ligament and tendon problems. It also prevents water retention and reduces swelling due to fluid accumulation in the tissues.
In addition, trigger point massage therapy, Reiki, Shiatsu and Swedish massage and reflexology have also been found to be highly effective.
Massage For Osteoarthritis
Here are a few tips for Osteoarthritis massage therapy:
- Depending on the affected joint, the massage therapist will use long strokes, kneading and friction on the surrounding muscle tissue. This technique is aimed at improving mobility and flexibility of the joint.
- Using the tips of the finger, massage therapist will try to reduce stiffness and spasm of the muscles. In addition, the therapist will focus on myofascial trigger points, which are indicative of the source of the radiating pain.
- A massage session will last for about half an hour.
- Always apply massage oil, cream, or lotion to the skin to reduce friction and in order for you to have smoother strokes.