So how does massage actually work for helping with arthritis? Research has shown that massage can lower the body’s production of cortisol (stress hormone), and boost production of serotonin, which, in turn, can improve mood. Massage can also lower production of the neurotransmitter substance P, often linked to pain, and improve sleep as a result.
Incorporating massage into a health routine can help with improving all forms of arthritis overtime, so scheduling one hour out of the day to receive therapy by way of touch should become a necessity on a weekly or biweekly basis. As always, check with your doctor before treating your arthritis with massage to determine the best type of massage for your symptoms.
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