Arthritis and Massage Therapy
I chose this topic to write about because many people in my life are affected by the disease, and my career path chosen is a massage therapist. I wanted to know how arthritis could help with pain symptoms of arthritis. Arthritis is an insidious disease; it’s eating away at the joints of nearly seventy million people or nearly 1 out of 3 adults in the U.S. It is considered one of our most prevalent chronic health problems, and is costing the economy more than $120 billion in healthcare and lost wages every year. One of the most unnerving aspects of arthritis is that it has nearly doubled in the past 2 decades. That adds more than 20 million over the last 5 to 10 years. Arthritis can worsen with a coming storm, and it affects men, women and even children. It can worsen with a less than healthy diet, and the pain associated with this disease can be brutal. Many have turned to alternative therapies to help with the pain, and understanding. From massage and yoga, to changing the way they eat in hopes to help them feel a little better. There are a host of therapies not traditionally associated with arthritis that can offer lasting and temporary relief. It’s important to understand how massage can help treat the disease to provide comfort, and relief. How do you know someone has arthritis, it is inflammation of the joints, stiffness, and pain is the most common symptoms of arthritis. It’s more than just one disease; there are many variations of arthritis claiming new sufferers each day. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, gout, and even fibromyalgia are just a few of the arthritis that many people have. Osteoarthritis is the most common type, and is often associated with wear and tear on the body and joints. It’s degenerative, and caused by the deterioration of the joint cartilage, which results in pain, swelling and loss of range of motion in the joints that are affected. Repetitive stress injuries and excess weight in the body...
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