Massage Magazine has a brief article on how massage helps osteoarthritis.
- Improves posture
- Improves joint flexibility
- Relieves pain directly through the effect on the many nerve endings in joints.
- Reducing fluid retention around joints
- Movement re-education – restoring movement patterns to a pre-disease state can not only reduce pain but also reduce further damage.
These are some of the ways in which massage on it’s own can benefit sufferers of osteoarthritis. Adding essential oils t the mix can improve the benefits still further. Ginger, Rosemary and Benzoin are three of the oils I use regularly to help clients with arthritis in my Cambridge practice. They are all warming oils which help to improve peripheral blood flow to the area.
One of my regular clients refers to her treatments as putting some WD40 into her joints. Whatever the mechanism, her walking looks a lot better than it did when she first saw me and it always looks better after the treatment than before. I don’t know how much further improvement is possible before we reach the point where we are maintaining function and minimizing pain rather than improving things still further.