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Benefits of Massage for Arthritis
By Georgina of Patressha’s Beauty Worcester
When our joints, muscles or limbs start to ache or feel stiff one of our natural reactions may be to rub them to soothe them and this can ease them somewhat. Now imagine those same aches and pains being massaged professionally and with the appropriate massage medium too.
I currently treat clients with Arthritis and they have found massage to be of great benefit in reducing the pains and uncomfortable inflammation of their condition. My clients have varying degrees of Arthritis in their hands and knees, but do not wish to take medication for their own reasons and so sought out alternative and effective treatments.
They asked me if massage would help relieve the swelling as well as the pain being experienced in the affected areas, to which I was pleased to explain that massage would really be able to help them especially when I used the perfect massage medium; Mustard Seed Oil (Once their GPs had confirmed this was appropriate and a detailed treatment plan had been discussed and devised).
Mustard Seed Oil is known for its warming properties and was widely used by the Romans for its anti-inflammatory properties. Although this oil is traditionally used for Indian Head Massages, it can also be used to massage hands, arms, legs, feet – any joints where Arthritis has impacted.
The heat that this oil generates within the body is perfect for reducing inflammation within the muscles and joints. By mixing Mustard Seed Oil with Sweet Almond Oil makes it more pliable for massage and uses the benefits of the Sweet Almond Oil too. It is particularly recommended for use during the Winter months when Arthritis sufferers find they feel stiffer and have more pain in their joints.
Through effective massage techniques circulation is increased and improved as is lymph drainage and any toxins released can then be washed through afterwards by drinking plenty of fluids.
My clients use these massages to complement their other treatments, for example; a hand and arm massage (for Arthritis) following an Indian Head Massage, which treats them as a whole and helps to reduce their stresses and tensions. Another client has a Full Body Aromatherapy Massage, but likes the Mustard Seed Oil applied to their legs for Arthritis in their knees.
With the correct GP sign-off, a detailed treatment plan devised, professional techniques and the correct massage oils used; Arthritis sufferers can be treated and the painful effects of their conditions eased.