Nearly everyone feels better and perks up after a massage. For patients with knee osteoarthritis, massage can reduce pain, muscle soreness, and swelling. Pressure is applied to soft tissues by rubbing, kneading, and rolling. According to the January issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, pain management is greatly enhanced by massage, spinal manipulation, and other hands-on treatments.
Did you know that there are more than 80 types of massage therapy? In all 80 types, massage therapists manipulate the muscles and soft tissues, but it's the technique that varies. If you are interested in exploring massage therapy as a possible treatment, discuss your plans with your doctor.
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