Massage is a safe and effective way of reducing pain and improving range of movement in patients suffering with arthritis. Although massage cannot cure or prevent arthritis, it will definitely ease the symptoms. Massage treatment, at the tolerance level of the client, will reduce swelling and muscular stiffness at the joints and should ease pain. The benefits of Massage also include increased circulation, improved mobility and a sense of overall relaxation and well being.
Tests have proved that a 1-hour massage twice a week for 4 weeks, followed by a 1-hour massage once a week for 4 weeks results in a significant improvement in flexibility, with a better range of movement and less pain. Thereafter, the benefits of massage continue and the extent of the symptoms are greatly reduced.