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- Dec 02 2017
Types of Massage for Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis can be defined as inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can worsen with age. It is a chronic and auto-immune disease.
Types of Massage
Massage may involve the use of heat and cold applications to the skin, or the use of oil or lotion to ease gliding of hands or tools against the skin.
- Swedish Massage
It is the most common type of massage. It involves long, fluid stroking of muscles and tissues, and it meant to reduce soreness and stiffness in muscles and joints, to reduce anxiety and to improve circulation. It involves five basic strokes: effleurage (sliding or gliding of hands against skin), petrissage (kneading of muscles), tapotement (rhythmic tapping of knuckles or fingers against skin), friction (moving across fibers) and vibration or shaking of the body.
- Deep tissue massage
It focuses on manipulation of both top and deeper layers of muscles and tissues, often requiring intense, focused pressure by the therapist. It is designed to address severe tension or pain in the muscles and connective tissues. It may cause lingering soreness.
- Hot Stone Massage
It involves placing smooth, heated stones on your back as you lie on your stomach. The hot stones send soothing heat to the muscles and tissues, releasing tension and promoting relaxation. Therapists kneed muscles by hand in addition to placing hot stones on the skin. Other involves cold stones, which may help sore muscles from exercise-related injuries or swelling.
- Ayurvedic Massage
It is also known as abhyanga and involves a full-body massage in addition to using aromatic oils chosen for purported spiritual healing properties.
It is a Japanese massage that involves kneading of the muscles and other soft tissues. It uses no oils. It is based on the idea that an energy flow in the body can be disrupted or blocked, causing illness and pain.
- Thai Massage
It combines massage with the placement of the body’s yoga-like positions during the session.
- Lomi Lomi
It originates in Hawaii. It involves diet, prayer, meditation and other health techniques in addition to massage of muscles and tissues.
- Myofascial Release
It aims to relieve pain by manipulating the fascia, connective tissues that surround muscles, blood vessels and nerves.
It is based on a belief that pressure on particular areas of the hands and feet will spur healing in other parts of the body.
It involves the practitioner moving the body into certain positions and manipulating fascia tissues.
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