What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a term which covers more than 100 different medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically joints.
Arthritis is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, with 3.85million Australians affected at a cost of more than $23.9 billion per year to our economy.
Arthritis is not yet curable. While the condition is usually manageable, it invariably impacts on a patient’s quality of life and includes varying degrees of discomfort and chronic pain.
Symptoms of Arthritis
While symptoms vary in Arthritis sufferers, common symptoms include:
- Joint stiffness
- Joint cartilage damage
- Joint weakness
- Joint instability
How Can Melbourne Natural Therapies Help?
Remedial Massage can help Arthritis sufferers as it increases flexibility and mobility. It also decreases pain and inflammation, relieves aches and stiffness and promotes a feeling of overall relaxation. Our therapists at Melbourne Natural Therapies also use other modalities such as cupping and dry needling to help decrease pain levels.
Remedial Massage Increases Flexibility and Mobility of Joints
Remedial massage can help to lengthen the surrounding muscles and as a result free up the joints. When ligaments and muscles of non-inflammatory areas are massaged, adhesions can be broken up and joint mobility and flexibility is increased. This improves the normal range of movement and motion.
Remedial Massage may also stretch the joints and stimulate the viscous synovial fluid found in cavities of synovial joints. After the fluid is stimulated into the joint cavity, the fluid forms a thin later, which reduces inflammation and pain by acting as a buffer of sorts.
Remedial Massage And Arthritis Pain
Remedial Massage also stimulates the release of endorphins, which are our bodies natural pain relievers. Remedial Massage can also relieve the stress that is present in most patients with chronic pain which can also aggravate the symptoms they are experiencing.
Remedial Massage is a non-invasive way of relieving the painful symptoms of Arthritis. It does so by relaxing the muscles, and stimulating nerve cell receptors under the skin, activating the nervous system and stimulating the release of mood-enhancing chemicals such as dopamine or serotonin. Massage also generates a calming effect through the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, and reduces the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
If you would like any further information don’t hesitate to contact one of our Remedial massage therapists at Melbourne Natural Therapies
Melbourne Natural Therapies
Remedial Massage | Myotherapy
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