Gentle massage to relieve arthritis pain

Posted by Puteri | 9/19/2008 10:46:00 PM | 0 comments »

(HealthDay News) -- Medication can help ease arthritis pain, but a gentle massage can also provide relief.

The Arthritis Foundation has this advice:

If you start to feel pain or discomfort while massaging the arthritic area, stop right away. Avoid massaging any joints that are swollen or very painful. Use lotion or massage oil on your skin. If you massage using a menthol gel, make sure to wash it all off before you apply any heat to the area. This will help prevent burns. If you go to a professional masseuse, make sure he or she has experience in working with people who have arthritis.

We Asians have always believed that massages help with any arthritis pain. We are also believers in the efficacy of pain relieving patches like the SalonPas.

That reminds of an aunt (she came to visit us last July) who suffers from severe arthritis in the knee joints. After spending quite a bit of the day sight-seeing she came home suffering the effects of being on her feet for too long. Naturally the first treatment she chose was the SalonPas! She had several patches plastered around the knees. lol