Arthritis and how massage can help

What is arthritis?

It is a general term used to describe swelling and inflammation of the joints, not just a condition. Two of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, although there are other types.

Also, various conditions, although not called arthritis, can cause symptoms similar to arthritis.

Common types of arthritis:


Rheumatoid arthritis

When the cartilage that protects bones and joints begins to wear down over time and due to overuse, osteoarthritis occurs. It commonly begins to appear after age 50 and affects women more often than men. Older athletes also tend to have more wear and tear on the cartilage that protects against friction between their bones. There are other factors that can contribute to osteoarthritis, such as obesity (which puts more pressure on the joints and accelerates their wear and tear), injuries, and a family history.

The fingers, knees, hips, and feet are most affected by osteoarthritis which causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and weakness around the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the synovial membranes, the connective tissue that lines the open cavities in the joints, the tendon sheaths, and the protective sacs between tendons and bones.

In its acute stage, rheumatoid arthritis can make the joints painful, stiff, and hot. The most commonly affected joints are the knuckles, wrists, and ankles. The knees and neck joints are less frequently affected.

Other conditions, such as lupus and fibromyalgia, can have similar effects to arthritic conditions, such as pain and swelling in the joints.

Arthritic conditions can have different origins, as we have seen. Arthritis, if left untreated, can lead to joint damage, reduced mobility, weight gain, increased incidence of falls, depression and anxiety.

Treatment of arthritis

Arthritis medication will depend on the type of arthritis. For osteoarthritis, pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, both over-the-counter and prescription, are used such as aspirin, naproxen, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen.

Other treatments for more advanced osteoarthritis can include cortisone or hyaluronic acid injections, massage, physical therapy, and even surgery.

For rheumatoid arthritis, while standard medications such as ibuprofen are used, doctors can treat the autoimmune condition with corticosteroids, as well as special anti-rheumatology medications.

Any use of medications must be prescribed by a qualified physician after diagnosing the type of arthritis that we suffer from. You should not take medication without medical advice and


Arthritis massage and holistic treatments

Many arthritic symptoms are relieved with massage. A 2018 study of osteoarthritis patients found a significant increase in mobility and a decrease in pain in subjects who had been treated with regular full-body massages.

Autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, are often triggered by stress. Massage has been shown to reduce stress hormones like cortisol and induce relaxation and well-being, thereby reducing stress conditions that can trigger arthritis flare-ups. The relaxing massage with aroma therapy, hot stones, facial massage or a set of all this that we offer you at Livebetter Massage is one of the best choices to combat stress.

Other studies have found that deep tissue massage can effectively treat stiffness and pain in the neck and back, as often as anti-inflammatory medications, and more so than acupuncture and health education.

For osteoarthritis, mild heat therapy can decrease joint stiffness; consider a hot stone treatment or something similar. Gentle movement therapy, such as stretching, can also be effective.

A deep tissue massage may be better for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers than a light massage. One study found greater improvement in arthritis patients when moderate to heavy pressure was used versus light pressure in massage.

CBD and massage

Studies carried out in 2017 by different universities show positive results of massage with CBD oils and creams in rheumatoid arthritis.

CB2, a receptor found in your body, is affected by CBD oil. Cannabis, CBD, activates the pathways to these important CB2 receptors and can help control pain.

CBD binds to receptors to play a role in positively benefiting a person's immune system. CB2 receptors send signals to the brain to reduce inflammation in the joints.

At Livebetter Massage we offer our experience in this type of CBD treatment that we already use with our clients with satisfactory results. Get in touch with us and we will advise you.

Along with treatment, people with arthritis are advised to undergo lifestyle changes to improve mobility and reduce stress, including diets rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, stretching, massage, and exercise. .

At Livebetter Massage we can advise you on this to help improve your quality of life.

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