If you've got arthritis, you know the pain can range from mildly uncomfortable to excruciating -- and there are limited medications available to relieve the discomfort.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, reduced quality of life, and high health care costs in the U.S. Of the 46 million Americans who suffer from arthritis, nearly half say that arthritis limits their normal activities. The good news is that recent studies suggest that massage can help reduce pain and increase mobility in those who suffer from arthritis.
A study conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed that regular, ongoing massage can lower anxiety, reduce pain, and improve grip strength for those with arthritis.
“Massage can result in a significant reduction in pain” for people with all types of arthritis, says Tiffany Field, PhD, a research psychologist at the University of Miami Medical School and Director of the Touch Research Institute. Field further stated that any type of full-body massage therapy with moderate pressure (including self-massage) should help relieve arthritis pain and ease tension.
Additionally, a common complaint of arthritis sufferers is lack of deep sleep. Field noted that, "When you are deprived of deep sleep, certain kinds of pain chemicals are released." With regular massage, our professional therapists can actually help you get more deep sleep. "It's this deep sleep that's truly important because that is where the restorative process is happening," says Field. This is doubly important, since ongoing massage not only helps you sleep better, it can also decrease your pain during the day.
At YBN, we understand that arthritis is a chronic condition that can take a number of different forms, and there is no cure. Our professional massage therapists use a variety of massage techniques, each of which we customize to meet your specific, personal needs. Most critically, though, we seek to involve you in every aspect of your massage therapy, with close communication before, during, and after each session. This ensures that we completely understand your tolerance level, monitor changes in your body during the therapy, and make sure that you receive a massage that is both relaxing and therapeutic every time.
To complement your massage therapy sessions, we offer high-quality essential oils that can further ease your arthritis symptoms and help you relax. To promote calmness and relaxation, lavender is always the perfect choice. To help relieve muscle and joint aches, we recommend our Muscle Therapy Blend (peppermint, black pepper, rosemary, clove bud, thyme, and ginger.) All of these blends are available for individual purchase, for self-massage, diffusing, or relaxation.
We recommend trying different types of massage, to find one that works best for you. No two bodies are the same, and your needs may change from session to session. Our therapists are trained in several modalities and they will work with you to help you get the most benefit out of each massage. As with any medical issue, discuss massage therapy with your doctor to make sure it's a good choice for you. Then make an appointment and let us help improve your life!