How Massage Specifically Helps Joint Pain

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Since we already know that massage is fantastic for overall wellness (previous blog for reference on massive benefits!), let's get up close and personal with the skinny on how massage specifically helps joint pain.  Shall we?  

Increased Blood Circulation
Massage techniques such as kneading, stroking, and friction stimulate blood flow to the affected joints. Improved circulation helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the joints while removing waste products and toxins, promoting healing and reducing inflammation.  Sounds like an awesome start!

Muscle Relaxation
Joint pain is often accompanied by muscle tension and spasms. Massage helps relax the surrounding muscles and tissues, reducing muscle tightness and relieving stress on the joints. By releasing muscle tension, the range of motion in the joints can improve, alleviating pain and stiffness.

Pain Modulation
Massage therapy stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers produced by the body. These endorphins help reduce pain perception, providing temporary relief from joint discomfort.  Less pain makes life better.

Decreased Inflammation
Regular massage can help reduce inflammation in the joints by decreasing the production of inflammatory chemicals and promoting the release of anti-inflammatory substances.  And tada!  This leads to decreased swelling and pain.

Improved Joint Flexibility
Massage techniques that involve stretching and mobilization can help improve joint flexibility and range of motion. By gently manipulating the joints, massage therapists can help restore normal joint function and alleviate pain associated with restricted movement.  Yep, still winning.

So, here's what we've summarized.
Massage = Movement. 
Movement = Happy + Healthy.
Happy + Healthy = Living.

It's important to note that researching types of massage and specific massage therapists will benefit you, just as you would for any health care practitioner.  You'll want to know what techniques they specialize in and inform them of your specific underlying medical issues or concerns.

Did you know that you can also perform a variety of massage techniques on yourself?  Oh yes!  You don't even have to get dressed (or undressed) or leave home.  Our favorites are by far the 2-in-1 foam roller and cork massage balls!  You won't regret adding these little gems to your routine to help relieve your nagging aches, release tension, and improve overall mobility- pinky promise.

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Lastly, developing a holistic treatment plan with healthcare professionals for managing your joints is essential to success!