Can Chair Massage Ease Joint Pain?

Joint pain sufferers hoping to avoid medications and injections are finding chair massage to be an alternative therapy worth considering.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost a third of adults reported having some type of joint pain-more middle aged to older women than men.

Treatments typically range from lifestyle changes to over the counter medications to steroid injections to surgery.  In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just reported that two people who received a steroid injection for pain in a joint — rather than the back — may have come down with a fungal infection.

Why chair massage?

  • Recognized as a safe, effective treatment for arthritic pain.  Research suggests that massage reduces perceived pain, swelling and inflammation.
  • Easily accesible, convenient, and affordable. You can find chair massage set up in the workplace, mall, and airport. Because sessions are typically 15 minutes, this makes it more affordable than a table massage
  • Perfect positioning for shoulder and finger joint pain.  While seated forward in the cushioned chair, the massage therapist can easily mobilize, massage, and gently stretch these affected areas.

Sources:http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus10.pdf, http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.htmlhttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003261.htmhttp://itandb.com/pdf/arthritis-massage.pdf

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