Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that often manifests itself in raised, red, and scaly areas on the skin, especially the scalp, knees, elbows, hands, and feet. If you don’t have psoriasis yourself, you may know someone who does. About 7.5 million people in the United States suffer from psoriasis. All age groups are affected, but psoriasis is most common in adults. Among those with psoriasis, up to 40% experience joint inflammation (called psoriatic arthritis), which causes the symptoms of arthritis. Despite the commonality of psoriasis, many may not realize that massage can aid in its treatment.
The National Psoriasis Foundation says, “Massage can be beneficial for those with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.” Massage is effective at reducing inflammation and improving lymph circulation, which soothes psoriasis and aids in its healing. Furthermore, many people with psoriasis find that breakouts are caused by stress, and what better way to relieve stress than a therapeutic massage? For those with psoriatic arthritis, massage can even alleviate joint pain.
While the process of a massage is, by and large, the same for clients with and without psoriasis, there are a few ways that those with psoriasis can work with their massage therapists to customize sessions to meet their individual needs. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while scheduling an appointment for someone who has psoriasis:
-Be sure to let the receptionist know that you or your loved one has psoriasis, so that the receptionist can inform the massage therapist prior to the appointment.
-Consider requesting a Swedish massage, which is particularly effective at stimulating circulation.
-If the massage therapist is inexperienced with psoriasis, let him or her know that it isn’t contagious, and must be handled gently.
Elements Massage offers massage therapy and Swedish massage to relax and rejuvenate clients with a variety of needs. Schedule an appointment by calling (602) 900-4935.