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May 13, 2004

Massage For Arthritis

Many of my clients come to me with arthritis. Almost everyone over the age of 40 has some arthritis somewhere in their body even if they are not having any symptoms. Massage can help temporarily relieve arthritis pain. Other ways to help with arthritis pain is with heat, such as immersing the hands in hot dishwater or a paraffin bath. Ice can help with inflammation associated with massage. Medications should be cleared with your doctor, especially over-the-counter medications which are not intended to be taken long-term.

Massageóeither self-administered or performed by a professional massage therapistómay temporarily relieve the pain of arthritis.

If you perform self-massage, stop if you feel any pain.

Find a massage therapist who has experience working with arthritis patients. Your best bet is to ask your doctor for a referral to a qualified massage therapist, or to contact a professional organization to locate a massage therapist in your area.

Posted by linda at May 13, 2004 6:01 PM

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