Rheumatoid arthritis manifests itself with symptoms of joint pain, that will probably be accompanied with swelling and stiffness. These symptoms can develop slowly over a number of weeks, but occasionally it can be a lot quicker and progress more rapid than that, over just a number of days.
Unlike other forms of arthritis the rheumatoid form is not usually localized and can even affect both sides of the body at the same time. Rheumatoid arthritis is actually a chronic inflammatory disorder and can affect various parts of the body other than just the joints, such as skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. This type of the ailment affects the lining of your joints. It is an autoimmune disorder where your immune system inadvertently attacks your own body’s tissues. It is a painful condition that can distressing causing stress.
massage for rheumatoid arthritis pain
This is a condition where the best type of massage may differ from patient to patient. Where most applicable massages will help with varying degrees of success, it’s not a case of one shoe fits all. Swedish massage is often the first one people will turn to as it is the most popular feel good massage tackling a variety of issues and ailments and it is particularly affective for pain relief, relaxation and muscle tone. Others may find that deep tissue massage works better, this is similar to the Swedish version but it goes deeper into the tissues with fingers of the practitioner going further into the muscles and tissues.
This may be a bit vigorous for some individuals for their first ever massage. One very useful relaxing, calming massage which also goes a long way to reducing pain as well as tackling the stress issues surrounding rheumatoid arthritis is Aromatherapy massage as it has been proven to tackle depression, stress and anxiety by boosting your mood as well as providing some pain relief. The relevant societies do however suggest you consult your doctor or specialist to see if you can find the most appropriate massage therapy for you.