In Touch Massage Therapy is helping people with arthritis

Part of the aging process, unfortunately, involves dealing with aches and pains. Even though pain is a constant source of grief for an aging body, massage can make a difference.

The passive movement in massage keeps joints more mobile and stimulates the synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints and nourishes the articular cartilage. Massage also prompts the release of endorphins and other pain-reducing neurochemicals.

Experts predict that one-third of Americans will get arthritis as they age. Ironically, most arthritis sufferers may not think of massage when they start to explore which therapies might ease their pain. While it is doubtful an arthritic joint can “heal” completely with massage, it can feel better. And for an arthritis sufferer, better is a welcome word, particularly when there are no side effects involved.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, an increasing number of doctors are recommending massage to their arthritis patients to help relieve the pain and stiffness caused by their disease. Massage can increase circulation around painful joints, bringing healing oxygen and nutrients, including amino acids, to rebuild tissue. Many massage therapists report that their arthritic clients find better and longer-lasting relief from massage than from pharmaceuticals.

Whether its reducing the symptoms of arthritis, or simply addressing the aches and pains of living an active life, massage can play an important role in aging well.

Call In Touch Massage Therapy at 610-287-0788 to answer your questions, or to schedule an appointment.

 

 

AromaTherapy and Massage

How does AromaTherapy work?

The scientific explanation suggests that the essential oil’s molecules, when inhaled, lock onto receptor cells at the back of the nose, sending an electrochemical message to the brain’s limbic system. This message appears to trigger memory and emotional responses, causing messages to be sent to other parts of the brain and body. “In this way,” says aromatherapist Danila Mansfield, “the production of euphoric, relaxing, sedative, or stimulating neurochemicals is stimulated.”

Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula Bousquet, authors of Aromatherapy Through the Seasons, say the use of essential oils creates a multifaceted effect: “The real beauty of aromatherapy is that it works on a cellular and physical level and also in the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic areas of your life.”

Incorporating AromaTherapy with your massage therapy session can assist you in reaching a deeper level of relaxation. Tell your therapist if you would like to try AromaTherapy at your next appointment.

Thank goodness for the thumb!

The increasing use of small-device keyboards means that your thumbs are more active than ever. We live in a world of texting, tweeting and emailing.

The Thenar Eminence (the muscular portion of the palm at the base of the thumb) contains the primary muscles of finger-to-thumb gripping. Activities that involve repeated or prolonged use of small instruments or fine tools can be associated with Thenar Eminence fatigue, pain, and overdevelopment.

Massage therapy is a great way to help resolve, or prevent, repetitive use injuries of your thumbs.