More than 4.6 million Canadians have arthritis and it is forecasted that by 2036, numbers will grow to around 7.5 million adults. Many sufferers of arthritis – individuals who may be burning through dozens of so-called remedies on a weekly basis – think that the last thing they need is an intensive, full-body massage. However, they’d be wrong not to give it a try. And while the art of massaging doesn’t seem to be directly linked to arthritic pain, a registered massage therapist (RMT) is able to manipulate the body’s epidermis and dermis layers, your muscle groups, and connective tissues with an extremely effective hands-on technique. With a professional on your side, you can directly impact, if not alleviate, your aches and pains.
In this way, making use of an RMT is far more effective for your body than many of the Band-Aid like solutions to arthritis that are available over the counter, such as Tylenol or Advil. With a skilled approach, an RMT can give you relief from pain, stiffness, and ultimately improve your range of motion. Full-body massage therapy not only gives you relief from pain but also helps to stimulate the pressure receptors located beneath the skin to communicate with the brain to release healing neurochemicals like serotonin, phosphorous, nitrogen, and sulfur.
To specifically address the benefits of massage therapy to help arthritic individuals, there are a variety massage techniques with a one-on-one solution administered by RMTs – if you happen to live in the Greater Toronto Area, there are many general RMTs available, as well as some who practice specific techniques; however, at the Medical Massage Boutique in Toronto’s East End, you’re likely to find a number massage stylings available, such as:
With this technique, your body is placed in yoga-like positions to introduce better motion, flexibility, and stretching to focus on placing pressure to the right muscle groups and joints.
Here, your body receives light stroking for your muscles and tissues to help reduce stiffness and soreness. This therapy helps to bring oxygen to the tissues and improve circulation. The basic Swedish Massage strokes for arthritic individuals include kneading, tapping, sliding, and friction movements.
Hot Stone Massage
There is nothing like heated, smooth stones placed on your back. The hot stones aid the muscle groups and tissues due to is soothing heat that also eases tension and gives you a feeling of total relaxation.
With this method, an RMT uses light to deep pressure strokes, circular movements, and deep kneading to loosen tight muscles caused by arthritis. The pressure strokes will vary depending on each person’s pain levels.
In Ontario, an RMT must be regulated in the Province under the Regulated Health Professions Act, and in accordance with the Massage Therapy Act. An RMT must also be registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. For these reasons, a few insurance companies and employee health benefit plans provide coverage for specific massage therapy techniques. Taking time out for a massage is well worth the time. Most medical massage therapy sessions will vary depending on your needs. They vary with 50-minute sessions, 90-minute sessions or more; even a quick hour-long therapy during one’s lunch break can significantly alleviate symptoms of arthritis; the time to rejoice in the benefits of RMT is, no doubt, now!