Chronic pain (from conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia among others) affects tens of millions of Americans each year. Some have found a measure of relief from this pain in regular sessions of massage therapy. Massage creates a release of serotonin, the body’s natural pain fighting chemical, and causes a decrease in the substances that cause pain. Massage also helps the body relax and ease better into restorative sleep which also alleviates pain.
Fibromyalgia and arthritis can be positively impacted by massage therapy. Several studies from leading institutions such as The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Yale University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, have proven that massage therapy can help relieve some of the troublesome symptoms associated with arthritis in both children and adults. In a study of massage therapy for knee osteoarthritis, a group receiving massage therapy showed significant improvement in pain, stiffness and physical function. Massage therapy can play an effective role in alleviating the pain and swelling caused by arthritis, increase mobility and range of motion, increase muscle and joint strength, improve flexibility and circulation, and reduce anxiety. Regular massage treatments target muscle pain and trigger points to help alleviate the constant aches and help manage the stress associated with the disease.
Massage therapy can also help to improve general mood and quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain. It can serve as one of many methods for alleviating the symptoms of chronic pain. If you are suffering from chronic pain, try massage therapy and let us know how it works for you! We are always interested in identifying the things that work and helping you on your path to better health and wellness.