Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage cushions between the joints break down, causing pain and stiffness. Cartilage can break down with age, but can also tear away as the result of an injury. A genetic predisposition , being overweight, fractures or long-term overuse from athletic
Activities. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are alternative solutions to surgery that can relieve the symptoms of pain and stiffness.
Therapeutic massage can decrease pain, and increase mobility, helping to reverse the results of joint stiffness. Massage can increase the blood flow to areas affected be arthritis, bringing in oxygen to help heal the affected area. Also massage can flush out toxic inflammatory substances that have built up in the area.
Feelings of stress decrease, creating a sense of well-being. Massage is a safe, non-invasive, all natural therapy for those suffering from osteoarthritis. Regular massage treatments can relieve pain, and improve flexibility and mobility in affected areas. Overall, a very beneficial therapy to help ease the pain of arthritis.
Research has found that massage lowers the body's production of the stress hormone cortisol, and boosts production of serotonin, improving mood.
Massage can lower production of the neurotransmitter substance P, often linked to pain, improving sleep.
In 2010, researchers at the University of California, Los Angela's, studied 53 healthy adults receiving just one massage therapy session, and found that those taking part in the study, found their levels of key hormones and white blood cells were positively affected.
At Valindas we offer specialised oils to also aid in the healing of arthritic conditions.