A lack of oxygen in the joints, or hypoxia, is characteristic of RA and can worsen joint inflammation and stiffness. Massage releases the tightness by increasing oxygen-rich blood flow, this in turn reduces pain and inflammation. Once flowing, oxygen’s anti-inflammatory properties get to work soothing your flareup. A study by the University of Miami School of Medicine found that weekly, moderate pressure massage alleviates pain, increases grip strength, and improves joint motion.
I tried it! “After a treatment my muscles feel looser, I feel more energized, stress both physical and mental has melted away, and I have a better sense of wellbeing.” -Eileen Davidson, 35, Vancouver, BC