Types of Massage Therapy for Arthritis
Massage therapy is beneficial to reduce painful and the often debilitating symptoms associated with arthritis. There are many different types of massage that can be used to help alleviate a variety of symptoms that can be performed by hand or with the use of special tools depending on the needs of the individual.
This type of massage is the most common type of massage; it typically involves long, smooth strokes, but may also involve other methods that include tapping and vibrations. This type of massage can help reduce pain and stiffness and increasing circulation. Reduced anxiety and better sleep are some of the other benefits of Swedish massage.
Deep Tissue Massage
This type of massage uses a more focused pressure to manipulate both deeper layers and surface tissues. It helps release chronic tension in deeper connective tissue to bring long-lasting relief from pain and stiffness while increasing range of motion. Some soreness may result after deep tissue massage.
Hot Stone Massage
In this type of massage, smooth, heated stones are placed on the body, typically the back. The heat is allowed to penetrate the muscles to help soothe and relax any tightness. Hand manipulation of tissues may be used in connection with hot stone massage for greater results.
With this type of massage, the patient’s body is moved into a variety of positions during the massage to allow for stretching of muscles and connective tissues. Thai massage focuses on mobilization of joints, compression of muscles, and the use of acupressure to reduce pain and stiffness.
This type of massage uses certain pressure points on the feet, and sometimes the hands, to affect areas all over the body. Reflexology promotes healing, resulting in the reduction of pain, anxiety, and stress to promote overall health and well-being.
This is a Japanese style of finger massage that emphasizes rhythmic pressure on precisely selected points of the body to restore the flow of energy throughout the body. This form of acupressure massage can help reduce pain and stiffness while promoting a feeling of relaxation.