Massage has been relieving pain and stress since ancient times. In fact, the Greek physician Hippocrates called medicine “the art of rubbing.” According to an American Massage Therapy Association survey, about 48 million U.S. adults received massage therapy between July 2009 and July 2010.
Benefits: “Most of all, people with arthritis will notice greater joint mobility, range-of-motion, and less pain and inflammation,” says Kim Turk, director of massage services at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, N.C. “Arthritic joints are often inflamed and filled with fluids. Massage pushes those fluids into the lymphatic system, which then flushes them into the body. So, there is often a visible reduction of fluid on the joint, especially in the knee.” Turk is involved in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study that compared people with OA who had massages once or twice a week for either 30 or 60 minutes. “The study found that one hour once a week was optimum in relieving pain and improving function,” she says.
“When people with RA or OA have a flare, it’s important that a massage therapist not work too aggressively,”
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