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Professional Opportunities: Treating the Osteoarthritis 50+ Crowd

17 Jan 2012

 It’s true that osteoarthritis affects nearly 80% of those 50 years or older. That doesn’t leave many people who won’t have some problems with their joints. It is a much-needed skill offering massage therapy to this group of people. It also offers a good professional opportunity for therapeutic bodywork professionals to get classes on dealing with this condition and geriatric patients.

 Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease. It affects hands, hips, knees, and the spine. It usually is a natural result of the aging process. It can also be due to hard work and use of these different parts. What happens is the cartilage lining the joints starts to degenerate gradually in some people and faster in others. This causes the affected joint to become stiff, painful, and enlarge.

 The gentle touch of massage aids in reducing the inflammation, stiffness, and pain. The professional massage therapist by gently massaging around the joint can stimulate the lymph flow and the removal of waste products through increasing circulation. Massage of the heads, shoulders, and back can aid in overall muscle relaxation and tension.

Rheumatoid arthritis, like osteoarthritis, is a joint disease that causes painful, swollen joints. However, it is different in it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks it’s own tissues. The most common population is women starting at age thirty. In rheumatoid arthritis the synovial membrane lining the joints gets thicker. It is typically fingers that are affected but it also attacks the shoulder and neck joints. The affected area can be too painful to massage, but massage above and below the area can improve circulation, reduce inflammation and pain. The message therapist can relax and soothe the person inducing them into a feeling of well being. Research has shown that those people who are arthritis suffers who get massage experience less pain, and feel more in control of their situations than those who do not get massage. Call MN Centerpoint 952-562-5200 today.


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