It’s estimated that arthritis is a condition that affects 1 in every 5 Americans. It is one of the most chronic and common diseases more than 35% or 17 million of Americans deal with it on a daily basis. In addition, they have some limitations in their day to day activities. One of the most common types of arthritis is found in people’s wrists or hands.
A study was conducted with 22 adults aged 20 to 65 years of age who complained of their wrist and or hand arthritis. They were randomly assigned to either a massage therapy group or a standard treatment control group. The massage therapy group received massages once a week over the four-week period from a therapeutic bodywork professional. In addition, they were told to perform self-massage therapy daily. The standard treatment group participants didn’t get any massage therapy over the four-week period, nor were they told to perform self-massage.
The regular massage therapy group experienced a lot of benefits; lowered level of anxiety, better moods, less pain, and greater grip strength by the end of the four-week study. The standard treatment group didn’t show improvement or reduction in their pain or anxiety.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, article on “Arthritis” if we look to the future and consider the generation that is aging nearly 25% of adults in the U.S. or 67 million will have doctor diagnosed arthritis by the year 2030. Arthritis sufferers have ample reason to make an appointment with a massage therapist today. The increase in arthritis sufferers means there will be an increased need for massage therapists and therapeutic bodywork professionals. This also means a lot of opportunities for massage therapy careers.
The projected 67 million people who will suffer from arthritis will need massage therapy and professional massage therapists to help them combat this health condition, call CenterPoint Massage School today on 952.562.5200 to enroll or learn more about massage therapy courses.