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Importance of Oil Massage in Arthritis or Knee Pain?

​​​​​​​The oil Massage part of softly lit treatment room as a physical therapy

The oil Massage part of softly lit treatment room as a physical therapy is a way to soothe sore joints and muscles also ease anxiety & improve sleep.  

According to the  Massage Therapy Association’s Consumer Survey 42 percent patients those received massage for pain management, soreness, stiffness or injury rehabilitation were relieved. This research suggested that massage is effective for certain hormones produced by body linked to blood pressure, anxiety, heart rate and other key vital signs. This is also accepted fact oil massage is safe and effective for people with arthritis or knee pain. 

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 a research on oil massage examined effects on the general population which revealed its effectiveness in people with arthritis and related conditions.

Knee osteoarthritis (OA): by study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, it is proven that oil massage is beneficial for people with knee osteoarthritis or knee  pain. This study assigned 200 patients of knee OA among three treatment arms patients hose receive a one-hour whole-body massage weekly experienced significant improvement in pain. Also mobility after eight weeks in knee joint was observed in them as compared to standard care.  

Hand arthritis. One of trial reported by University of Miami with a 15-minute, moderate pressure of oil massage daily reduced pain and anxiety. This also improved grip strength in 60% adults diagnosed with hand arthritis.

Back pain. only reason to pursue oil massage for low back and neck pain, is either relaxation or to better able to perform daily activities in comparison to usual care (such as analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and education). As per literature published in  Scientific World Journal, deep tissues massage relieves back pain along with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)- making patient comfortable early. 

Basically oil  massage reduces pain and anxiety for people suffering with pain in arthritis or related condition?

As well advocated by Christopher Moyer, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin in Stout oil massage is miracle tactic to reduce anxiety induced due to pain or pain induced immobility.

Various researches in database are evident to show that massage lowers stress hormone cortisol production in body and decreases the levels of the hormone arginine-vasopressin. This in turn lowers blood pressure and reduces inflammatory cytokines including IL-4 and IL-10. Also it is responsible to increase production of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin.   

Various variables associated with oil massage that ease pain, stiffness and anxiety, as per  Rosemary Chunco et al ( a licensed massage therapist in Plano, Texas) treats conditions like arthritis and related diseases.


What are considerations before oil massage needs to be incorporated as supportive treatment arm:-

Various types of massage to ease arthritis symptoms in case are incorporated it’s advisable to consult primary-care physician. This is to ensure that oil massage is safe or not.

Certain techniques which involve strong pressure on sensitive tissues and joints can literally be difficult for damaged joints. The damaged joints that are suffering from a disease like rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis will have good prognosis after that only.