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Using Massage Therapy to Reduce Arthritis Pain

23 Jul 2014

The baby boomer generation – the largest segment of the American population – is growing older.  With age comes additional health concerns, including arthritis.  Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis. But, according to recent studies, there may be good news on the way in the form of massage therapy.

The ability of massage therapy to soothe sore joints and muscles is well known for many conditions. With this post we hope to address specific areas of concern regarding massage therapy and arthritis.

Basic benefits of massage for arthritis:  According to the Touch Research Institute, regular massaging of joints and muscles can greatly reduce pain symptoms. Much the same can be said of such symptoms as stiffness, range of motion and hand grip strength.

Massage for hand and wrist arthritis: Massage therapy has a demonstrated similar effect on hand and wrist injuries, according to another study conducted in 2006. The study results discovered that having one 15-minute, moderate pressure massage a day reduced pain and anxiety. Additionally, the daily massage had a discernible impact on the grip strength of participants.

Back and neck pain reduced via massage:  Addressing neck and back pain seems to be a big concern for many who attempt complementary therapies. As with the other areas studied, neck and back pain were shown to have been reduced as a result of regular massage therapy.

This is all very exciting news for those seeking a career as a bodywork professional, or for those bodywork professionals who are seeking to market their skills to an older population.  If you are a massage or shiatsu therapist who is looking to fine-tune your techniques to adapt to the needs of aging clients, you may be interested in our upcoming continuing education class, Special Populations: Geriatric Care.  This class begins September 2, 2014 – click here for details and registration information. 

CenterPoint’s Minneapolis massage school is a great place to either begin your career as a bodywork therapist or to further your practice with continuing education classes that can help you sharpen your bodywork skills and send you on your way to being the best massage or shiatsu therapist you can be.  Check out CenterPoint’s MInneapolis massage school today. But make sure you don’t delay – classes fill up very quickly!

Call us today at 952-562-5200!