If you suffer from arthritis, then you are probably too familiar with the days when the pain is hard to manage. Atop of the physical symptoms like a lack of handgrip strength and loss of overall joint function and stiffness, those with arthritis often struggle with stress, anxiety, and mental turmoil over their condition.
At Elements Massage Scottsdale North, we are here to help you manage your pain better. Rooted in an ancient history of tending to the mind and body, massage is a method used to reduce physical pain and help bring about a deep sense of peace for those facing high levels of stress and anxiety.
The pressure and application of touch and movement associated with any massage is key in lowering your body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol. In addition, massage can increase the production of serotonin, an endorphin responsible for improving your mood.
The types of massage that work best for arthritis include:
- Swedish Massage
The most common and well known form of massage, Swedish Massage employs gentle techniques that involve long, fluid stroking of the body’s muscles. It’s an excellent approach to reduce stiff joints and works to boost circulation.
- Deep Tissue Massage
This form of massage focuses on manipulating the deeper layers of tissue through the application of intense and focused pressure. It is often used to address areas of severe tension or pain. Be sure to talk openly with your massage therapist about your needs and preferences regarding pressure. Remember, a massage should never hurt!
- Hot Stone Massage
This relaxing form of massage incorporates soothing heated stones into its application. Warm basalt rocks are strategically placed along key areas of the body to release tension and promote relaxation.