The Health Benefits of Complementary Massage Therapies

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massage therapyMassage has all kinds of health benefits. It is well known that massage relieves stress and is a great general health benefit. It is also used every day for physical health, particularly for amateur and professional sports people. It can also be used to treat other common health complaints.

If you suffer from arthritis, you will know how terribly painful this condition can be. Research has shown that deep massage of affected areas can help to relieve the pain and stiffness associated with the condition.

There are many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. They all cause inflammation and pain in the joints but in different ways. What they all have in common, however, is pain. If you think you have arthritis, you should visit your GP for an official diagnosis and treatment. You may, however, like to consider some complementary pain relief such as Niagara therapy.

Pain Relief
This particular type of massage therapy is not a cure, but it will help with the pain, which for some, is debilitating. When you can’t sleep because you are in too much pain, it can really get you down. In these cases, massage can have a dual purpose, providing both the relaxing benefits of a massage as well as pain relief.

Clinical massage can, in fact, help with all kinds of health complaints relating to joint pain such as tennis elbow, as well as helping with fluid retention. People who have previously had problems with mobility may find that massage helps with this too.

It is important to stress that massage will not cure these physical diseases and ailments, but it will help with many aspects of the management of various conditions. By increasing blood flow to painful areas, relief will be almost instantaneous and the effects long-lasting.

The fact that these types of treatments are available for use at home makes it incredibly convenient. If you are having a massage at a spa, half the fun is going there, but if you need the massage for pain relief, you want to be able to access that treatment as and when you need it. It is also the case that some people simply do not enjoy the intimacy of massage. It can make some people feel very uncomfortable thereby ruining any benefits the massage may have given.

In these cases, massage machines that people can use at home in privacy are ideal. You can get them in a variety of different guises such as hand held massagers or massage pads, as well as special chairs or beds. Imagine lying in bed or sitting comfortably in a reclining chair that can massage your aches and pains away. A hand held unit can be used all over the body and is particularly good for targeting specific problem areas such as elbows, ankles or knees. Wherever you have pain, massage may help, but ask your doctor for advice if you are not sure and follow their guidance.


Richard Kershaw is a sports therapist and writer specialising in massage therapies. Following his diagnosis with osteoarthritis, he tried massage to help relieve the pain in his joints. He recommends that patients try alternative pain relief such as Niagara Therapy products to help them cope with


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