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Massage therapy for arthritis pain

Massage, performed by yourself or a professional, may help take your mind off arthritis pain and ease your discomfort.

It's probably not what first comes to mind when considering arthritis treatments. But for some people, massage may provide just the right touch for pain relief.

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage has long been recognized as a way to help people relax and reduce stress. But research suggests that it may help manage pain as well.  

You may be able to massage a painful area yourself. But because joints affected by arthritis can be very sensitive, it may be best to find a trained massage therapist who has experience working with people who have the disease.

If you give yourself a massage, the Arthritis Foundation suggests using lotion or oil to help your hands glide over your skin. It's best to avoid massaging a joint that is very swollen or painful. And you should stop if the massage increases your discomfort.

If you choose to seek the services of a professional, the AMTA can help you find a qualified massage therapist in your area. Go to the AMTA website or call toll-free 877.905.2700.

Reviewed 12/13/2021

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