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Massage Therapy for Arthritis & Bursitis

Registered massage therapy can help reduce pain, improve range of motion and speed healing in inflammatory pain disorders like arthritis and bursitis.

What is bursitis?

Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa. Bursa are small fluid-filled bags that act to cushion joints.

What causes bursitis?

Inflammation of the bursa is often caused by repetitive movements like long-distance running. Particularly if one’s biomechanics aren’t ideal. As we age, inflammation in our bodies tends to be more prevalent, so inflammatory conditions like bursitis become more common in older adults.

What is Arthritis?

The word arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints.  It can affect any joint, but commonly occurs in the hands, feet and knees.

Arthritis & Bursitis

Relieving muscle tension through massage therapy can help take the pressure off the bursa and relieve the inflammation that causes bursitis.

When hydrotherapy and massage therapy are used together, they can combat the pain and swelling associated with both arthritis and bursitis. Joint stiffness is diminished and range of motion is often improved therefore creating a better quality of life.  Research has shown that massage therapy can benefit both bursitis and arthritis along with numerous other pain-related conditions. 

Other Natural Treatments for Joint Inflammation

Acupuncture:  Acupuncture provides safe, effective pain relief and helps direct the immune system to the joints that need to be healed.

Herbal Medicine:  Herbs can be used to safely reduce pain and swelling and promote immune system function to expedite healing.  Our naturopathic doctors are the best resource for herbs to reduce inflammation.  

Nutrition: Foods can be used to either suppress or promote inflammation.  For example, fish is more anti-inflammatory, while red meat, dairy and starches are more inflammatory.  The naturopathic doctors and registered dietitian at Forces of Nature can help advise you on how to reduce inflammation through your diet.  

Chiropractic Care: Friction inside the joint can occur when the joints are not properly aligned.  Chiropractors can help re-align the joints and reduce, pain, inflammation and soft tissue swelling.

Massage Therapy for Joint Inflammation Research

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:19-31. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.04.005. Epub 2016 Apr 23.
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