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Seattle Massage Therapy Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Thrive on 26 March 2012 at 13:15

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If you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) you may experience joint pain that can be severe even unbearable at times.  The pain may keep you from practicing your favorite sport, working your job, or starting a new outdoor activity.  Don’t let that happen to you.

Exercise and staying active will not only improve your general heath but also relieve the stress and depression that can accompany RA.  If you’re in Seattle, massage therapy provided by licensed therapists at Thrive Healing Massage can be a pleasant and effective pain management alternative.

Seattle Massage for Rheumatoid Arthritis

seattle massage for painful RA Kneading muscles that have tightened to compensate for joint damage can soothe them into relaxing.  As tension leaves the muscles, swelling goes down around the joint, improving circulation.  Better circulation removes toxins that can cause pain and brings in nutrient-rich blood to help repair the surrounding tissue.  Also, manipulating and gently stretching the muscles near the joints helps you stay supple.

Try massage when you aren’t experiencing an acute flare-up, though.  Even if you can stand it, it’s a bad idea at these times.  But if you aren’t having a flare-up and you still find massage too painful in the area of your affected joint, just let your massage therapist know that you would prefer a more gentle massage.  You’ll still get the immune system and relaxation benefits, and these will also reduce inflammation and help your muscles unclench.  Gentle massage activates the parasympathetic nervous system, thus lowering both blood pressure and heart and respiration rates.

Studies suggest that wringing, skin rolling, circular and friction strokes can greatly improve the function of painfully swollen joints, also vibration and gentle circular friction in the area of an affected joint help remove wastes and bring in nutrients and oxygen.  Another study found that massaging children with RA broke the vicious cycle in which pain causes stress and and anxiety, then stress and anxiety worsen the pain.  Massage is also thought to boost the immune system and release endorphins, creating a sense of well being.

RA is an autoimmune disorder that makes the body attack itself.  The causes of RA are not completely understood, although heredity seems to play a role.  In RA, white blood cells attack the synovium, a membrane that covers the cartilage in your joints and produces the fluid that lubricates them.  This membrane becomes inflamed when the white blood cells attack it.  Inflammation makes it thicker.   The thickening causes painful swelling in the joints.

Other possible symptoms include fatigue, stiffness, loss of muscle strength and reduced range of motion in the joints.


Seattle Massage Therapists You Can Trust

It’s important to choose a Seattle massage provider who understands the effects of RA and its relationship to stress, depression and inflammation.  Choose a massage practitioner you feel able to trust, enough to allow the massage.  If you can’t,  you may not be able to relax enough to benefit.  The Seattle massage practitioner should also be someone who understands how the condition affects you.  You should feel able to say to the provider that something hurts, or that actually, you don’t feel well, when that’s the case.

Thrive Healing Massage is one of the very best Seattle massage providers.  We specialize in making life better for Seattle massage clients like you who suffer from RA and other medical conditions.  Our Medical massage services include releasing nerve compression and muscle tension, improving circulation and increasing flexibility.  You will need a prescription for medical massage, so talk to your doctor, but most doctors think it’s a great idea.

Thrive Seattle Massage Services

Thrive Healing Massage offers Sports, Deep Tissue and Swedish massage and massage for injuries in addition to our Medical massage services.  Each patient also receives an individualized wellness plan with stretches, self-massage techniques, and exercise routine suggestions.  Our massage therapists can help you recover from whiplash, carpal tunnel or sciatica.  For more information about the services we provide at our Seattle massage center,  or other injuries we treat visit the links.
How many Seattle massage clinics are open 8am-9pm seven days a week?  Call us to discuss how we can help you, Seattle.  Massage can help almost any kind of pain, and our Seattle massage therapists want to make it happen for you.

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