An object in motion stays in motion, but sometimes you can’t get the object moving! Being unable to do the things you once did due to joint and muscle pain is a frustrating limitation on the quality of your life. A decrease in mobility can occur for reasons including age, injury or illness. Some conditions that can contribute to joint pain include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatic, lupus and gout. Massage therapy has shown much success in relieving pain and increasing mobility. Who knew laying on a table could get you up and moving?
Massage can eliminate muscle tension and improve joint mobility by stimulating the flow of synovial fluid. This also helps to free adhesions, break down scar tissue and decrease inflammation. As a result, massage can help to restore range of motion to stiff joints.Massage also helps to prevent and relieve muscle cramps and spasms and helps to the circulation of blood and lymph. Circulation carries oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and carries waste away. Improved circulation can result in decreased muscle tension and soreness, and reduced swelling from injuries or illness. Additionally, massage improves muscle tone and balance, which will also reducing the physical stress placed on bones and joints.
Physicians are increasingly prescribing therapeutic massage as a complement to traditional medical treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. As always, make sure your massage therapist is aware of the source of your pain and any preexisting conditions you may have. Here are some experiences with mobility from massage therapists from Spa Week spas.
“My most memorable client was a woman with spina bifida. Her previous treatment methods provided little relief. She could barely walk, but after administering deep tissue massage over time, she greatly increased her mobility while decreasing pain.” Dalesa Trent, Body Retreat Day Spa in Bedford, TX
“When you lose the ability to do something as simple as tie your own shoes, massage therapy may be your answer. My client came in and could hardly walk or tie his shoes. Forty five minutes on my table and he walked away with full mobility and great relief.” Jennifer Nolan, Spa On the Square in Southlake, TX
“I have received a lot of positive feedback from my clients who have suffered some kind of pain. I have healed some clients who have frozen shoulders and some who could not move their necks and some who could not straighten their lower backs, etc. Some clients even told me that my massages were more effective than physical therapy!” Hong Sun, The Women’s Club Fitness Center and Day Spa in Chatilly, VA