You will be happy to know that massage is one of
the best treatments for RA. Massage therapy helps to target specific joints and points to relieve
Dealing with RA can be a traumatic experience for
the patients. But with the help of a physical therapist, the patient feels
Apart from bodily comfort, massage helps to
restore lost confidence because it releases stiffness and improves the
mobility of the joints. As a result, it becomes manageable to return to
normalcy and carry out the daily activities with ease.
Research reveals that patients who have undergone
massage therapy with moderate strokes for 4-5 weeks (once/twice per week) on
arms/hands have reportedly felt relief after the session. It helped in
improving the grip of the patients. RA affects the grip strength of the
Massage and light exercises prove to be highly
beneficial. It is easy to combine light/moderate massage sessions with
simple grip training exercises with MySquegg, the smart squeezy ball.
Patients find massage as a simple technique and have tried self-massage to
gain maximum benefits of the treatment. Consequently, a stronger grip and
mobility is experienced by the patients.
Research suggests that patients can go for a
weekly massage by experts and self-massage daily to service promising
results. The rule of thumb here is that the massage intensity varies from
individual to individual. Some prefer light/moderate pressure whereas some
like strong pressure. As the skin moves during the massage sessions, it also
helps to improve blood circulation in the body. Also, the experts tend to
ask the patients about the spot/joint that pains and accordingly, they
provide the pressure massage.