Megan Sheard RMT
Brampton Physiotherapy + Wellness Institute
Massage therapy is effective in the management of all types of arthritis. A variety of massage techniques including trigger point therapy, soft tissue manipulation and myofascial release will help reduce stiffness and tightness in the muscles surrounding the joints which will relieve arthritis symptoms.
Traction techniques will create space between the joints which increases blood flow and allows the lymph fluid to flush toxins and inflammation from the affected joints. This will allow the joints to move more freely and allow nutrients into the joints to promote proper healing. High to low grade traction (joint manipulation) will be used in a sustaining and osculating (non sustaining) motion. Using fascial techniques with stretching can help restore flexibility and mobility as well as prevent inflammation and flareups.
Reflexology and Acupressure when combined with massage therapy can help stimulate reflexes associated with arthritic joints also releasing blocked energy. Arthritic joints are usually sensitive to pressure so the force used must be determined based on a client to client basis.
Overall, massage therapy techniques are one of the most effective and natural way to manage and relieve arthritis symptoms. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself.