Massage Therapy Benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Massage Therapy Benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA) causes joint pain as inflammation attacks cartilage and bone, which has the potential to create damage.

Reduces pain and improves function
Regular massage and self-massage can lead to decrease in pain, improved grip strength, range of motion, and general joint function
Moderate-pressure massage (just enough pressure to move the skin) and myofascial release are two types of massages that research has supported for pain relief for RA
n 2015 study, research team found participants who received moderate-pressure massage targeted to knees reported reduced pain and greater range of motion
Pain relief tied to increase in brain’s serotonin output

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