By: Tammy Mahan
Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition that affects about 1.3 million North Americans. Sufferers are always searching for a way to help reduce the pain or eliminate it altogether. It is not only painful but it can have devastating effects on other areas of the body.
Massage therapy has proven to be beneficial to many people who have rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disease. What happens is the body’s immune system starts to see the person’s joints as foreign or potentially dangerous invaders that will harm the body.
This immune response causes the person’s joints to become swollen and inflamed. Some of the most common places that are affected by rheumatoid arthritis are the wrists, feet and hands. Although other areas of the body can also be affected including the jaw, hips, neck, shoulders, and ankles. There are also other areas of a person’s body that can be affected by rheumatoid arthritis these are rare but they do occur in some people; the eyes, heart, lungs, blood vessels, tear ducts, salivary glands and internal organs. RA can also cause anemia and heart disease, more specifically it can put a person at a higher risk for a heart attack.
Rheumatoid arthritis will usually also make a person feel under the weather or generally ill, tired, flu like symptoms, stiffness, weight loss, insomnia, lumps can form under the skin as a result of the cartilage and bone breaking down, and sometimes it will produce a fever.
Massage therapy for rheumatoid arthritis has numerous benefits. Some of them include reduced inflammation, reduced pain, increase in mobility and range of motion and a better quality of life.
I would like to introduce you to a new type of massage therapy that may help you called “The Stick” – The website states 10 facts about the benefits.
- It is so easy to use.
- You can use it anywhere.
- You can take it anywhere.
- You can use it in virtually any position, as long as your muscles are relaxed!
- You can get it wet, drop it in the mud or snow and it will still work.
- You do not need a mat or have to go to the floor to use it.
- You do not need a plug in.
- It is light and very versatile.
- It massages your muscles, not crushes them.
- The Stick was created and developed with University Scientific Studies!
The Hybrid Stick is probably the one you would want to ease rheumatoid arthritis pain. Although, all of the sticks have specific benefits and work well so anyone of them would work well.
Massage therapy for rheumatoid arthritis has numerous benefits some of them include reduced inflammation, reduced pain, increase in mobility and range of motion and a better quality of life.
Tammy Mahan has worked in the healthcare field as a nurse for 20 years. She shares her knowledge by contributing articles to Healthline.com.