What is Arthritis? | Arthritis Pain And Remedial Massage
The term arthritis is used to cover over 100 different medical conditions that relate to the musculoskeletal system, and in particular, joints.
3.85 million Australians suffer from the effects of arthritis, making it the biggest cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, as well as a heavy impact to the economy, contributing to more than $23.9 billion per annum.
Although it is a widely recognised condition, arthritis is not yet curable. And while pain is usually manageable, varying degrees of discomfort and chronic pain can invariably impact a patient’s quality of life.
Symptoms of Arthritis | Arthritis Pain And Remedial Massage
Common symptoms of arthritis can include:
- Joint stiffness
- Joint cartilage damage
- Joint weakness
- Joint instability
How Can Melbourne Combined Natural Therapies Help? | Arthritis Pain And Remedial Massage
As remedial massage works to improve flexibility and mobility, it can be beneficial to arthritis patients. Additionally, it promotes a sense of overall relaxation, reduces pain and inflammation, and alleviates aches and stiffness. At Melbourne Combined Natural Therapies, our therapists also use other techniques in conjunction with remedial massage, such as dry needling and cupping, to ease pain.
Remedial Massage Increases Flexibility and Mobility of Joints | Arthritis Pain And Remedial Massage
Remedial massage can assist in lengthening problem muscles and surrounding muscles, consequently freeing up joints. By massaging the ligaments and muscles of non-inflammatory areas, adhesions can be broken up, while joint mobility and flexibility can be increased. As a result, normal range of motion is enhanced as a result.
The viscous synovial fluid that is found in the cavities of synovial joints can also be stretched and stimulated by remedial massage. When the fluid is pushed into the joint cavity, it forms a thin layer that acts as a buffer and reduces pain and inflammation.
Remedial Massage And Arthritis Pain
Remedial massage encourages the body to produce endorphins, which are natural painkillers. Furthermore, remedial massage can alleviate the stress that most people with chronic pain experience, which can exacerbate their symptoms.
Arthritis pain can be alleviated non-invasively with remedial massage. By relaxing the muscles and stimulating nerve cell receptors beneath the skin, it activates the nervous system and encourages the release of chemicals like dopamine and serotonin that improve mood. Through stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, massage also has a calming effect and lowers the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
If you are interested in finding out more about how remedial massage can assist you, don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us via the Melbourne Combined Natural Therapies website.
Melbourne Natural Therapies
Arthritis Pain And Remedial Massage
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