By Katrina Farber, LMT, BCMT
Arthritis is a commonly known chronic condition commonly associated with age. We often hear the phrase “Well, I’m just getting old. Everything is starting to hurt.” Arthritis is actually a general term used to describe over 100 different joint diseases, though, and can affect people of many age groups. It is not just a disease effecting older adults. Over 50 million Americans suffer with some type of arthritis, which makes it the #1 cause of disability in the country. The pain and discomfort related to arthritis can occur in any joint of the body, and can affect more than one area of the body. (About Arthritis, 2017)
Massage therapy is frequently used to assist with various types of pain management. Arthritis is one of the many conditions often recommended to seek out massage care. For instance, in a study of hand/wrist arthritis, patients were given professional massage care as well as taught self-massage for home care. After 4 weeks, these patients reported less pain and greater grip strength. (Field, 2007)
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