Living with Joint Pain
He can tell us when it’s about to rain. He can tell us when the weather is about to snap cold. When we overdo it he is there to pester us. And sometimes he shows up out of nowhere and just gets under our skin. We all know who it is—Uncle Art.
Arthritis is a fancy word for joint pain. We have hundreds of joints from our toes to our jaws, and when they get inflamed it is very painful. The Arthritis Foundation says that “There are more than 100 different types of arthritis” and that “it (arthritis) is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease.” There are also many forms of arthritis ranging from a more severe inflammatory disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis, to bone degeneration like Osteoarthritis. They don’t know what causes it, but mostly it’s believed that inflammation is the culprit. Just like any injury, inflammation is the body’s natural way of protecting itself, and just like us, it tends to overdo it. The inflammation can get trapped causing swelling, stiffness, decrease in range of motion, and ultimately pain.
There is hope! Massage has been proven to help with arthritis. Massage increases circulation and lymph drainage allowing good healing cells get to the area and flush out all the used up inflammation that is no longer needed. It also reduces pain by acting on the nervous system and can help prevent flare-ups. Do not get me wrong; massage is not a cure for arthritis, but it can have tremendous results.
Stop struggling with the pain. There is an answer. Massage can help! Call your local licensed massage therapist today to learn more and get the relief you deserve.
Live Feeling Better.
By Jeremy Dickerson, LMT
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