Today’s careers have us spending a lot of time in the car, at our desks, or doing heavy lifting. These repeated activities or lack of movement can take a toll on your body—especially if you live with arthritis.
Because each person’s condition and pain is unique, there are many reasons why your daily routine could be contributing to your arthritis pain. Fortunately, the same benefits that make therapeutic massage good for many people can be even more important for someone living with arthritis.
A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) understands how to increase blood flow throughout the body, which can be key for a person with arthritis because it helps to:
- decrease cortisol (the body’s stress hormone) and increase serotonin (the feel-good hormone);
- allow muscles and joints to release tension, increase range of motion and help the whole body relax; and
- reduce inflammation and discomfort caused by arthritis.
Therapeutic massage can help lower the neurotransmitters linked to pain and increase white blood cells and key hormones to help control daily pain and discomfort for those living with arthritis. And massage therapy involves careful manipulation of soft tissues, helping to ease daily stiffness and pain and improve the overall movement of the joints and muscles.
Massage brings many benefits that can help improve your quality of life. Treat yourself today. And remember to keep moving and stretching!
Claire Gavin is the RMT Development and Communications Manager at Massage Addict, Canada’s first and largest membership-based Massage Therapy company.