How Massage Can Benefit You and Other Arthritis Sufferers

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Arthritis, Articles, Massage Therapy

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Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans today, and one out of two people will statistically be diagnosed with arthritis at some point. Although dozens of different types of arthritis exist, the primary two forms which affect the greatest number of people are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Let’s take a look at what each of these arthritic diseases entails and the possible massage treatments for each.

Osteoarthritis

The overwhelming majority of people diagnosed with arthritis are those with Osteoarthritis, which affects 27 million people in the US. As the body ages, the cartilage, which is the soft, padded layer between bones, begins to break down, and in some cases, it wears away completely resulting in excruciating pain with every movement. As such, the pain causes stiffness and severely limits a person’s mobility.

Massage Treatment for Osteoarthritis

The primary treatments for Osteoarthritis involve the management and reduction in its symptoms, and massage has been shown to significantly relieve the amount of pain experienced as massage allows the muscles of the joints to relax, which decreases stiffness and improves mobility and range of motion. As the tissues are massaged, blood flow is increased to the affected areas, and inflammation-stimulating substances and cells are removed from the tissues. Some of the most effective massage therapies for the treatment of Osteoarthritis are as follows:

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  • Trigger Point

    This massage focuses on trigger points, which a tight area in the muscle that results in transferred, pain to the joints. During the massage, the person receiving the massage focuses on deep breathing exercises while the massage therapist works on massaging the exact spot of the tight area, which releases the constricted portions of the muscles.

  • Reiki 

    This type of massage combines the “Universal Life Force Energy–Reiki–and the idea of a massage. During this therapy, the massage therapist will begin by placing her hands still on the head and work her way down through the seven chakras of the body.

  • Swedish Massage

    Swedish massage is designed to relax the entire body through the use of long massage stretches that guide the blood back towards the heart. Swedish massage focuses on using these techniques to improve circulation and removal of toxins from the body. In addition, some massage therapies can include firm kneading, tapping, bending, stretching, and applying circular pressure with the hands.

  • Reflexology

    Reflexology massage focuses on the foot and hands during the massage to relax and passively improve the range of motion in the joints of the feet, legs, hands, and arms. During the massage, the therapist will apply firm pressure and kneading of the tissues of these joints to work to improve the stress and anxiety of the body.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when the immune system begins to attack the connective tissues–cartilage, tendons, and bone–within the joints of the body. Sadly, more than 294,000 children find themselves with a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis prior to reaching 18-years-old. Let’s take a look at how massage therapy can benefit Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers.

Massage Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Some of the traditional medical treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis can put you at significant risk for complication and further disease; however, you can find relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis in a newer, totally non-invasive, non-medication treatment through massage, which is especially important for the children with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Some of the most common massages therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis include:

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  • Swedish Massage

    – (See above)

  • Reflexology

    – (See above)

  • Deep Tissue Massage

    This technique is similar to Swedish massage therapies, but it involves firm pressure to loosen muscles and tissues deep within the body. As such, circulation is improved to aid in the healing of the affected joints.

  • Shiatsu Massage

    During this Japanese massage, the fingers, hands, and palms apply slight pressure to the affected areas of the body without the deep kneading seen in other massage therapies.

  • Aromatherapy

    This massage technique involves the use of plant-based, essential oils, which are rubbed into the skin and tissue during the massage to promote increased healing.

  • Myofascial Release

    The therapist massages tightened fascias, which are tissues that surround all muscles of the body. In response, the loosened fascia allows for increased range of motion and mobility.

Although the facts surrounding the best treatment therapies for both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis continue to change each day, you should fully communicate your thoughts and physical responses to your massage therapist when using massage therapy for treatment. Under no condition, should the arthritis-relieving massage result in pain or discomfort either during the massage or afterwards. If you’d like to see how a massage can improve your quality of life and reduce your Arthritis pain, contact Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, Utah for a specialized massage session because growing older shouldn’t have to hurt.

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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What Matrix Spa & Massage Customers Are Saying

Christina R.
Christina R.
20:34 03 Jul 22
Able to get appointments quickly, wonderful massages and the whole hydrotherapy downstairs was amazing
Rajah Jay
Rajah Jay
23:08 02 Jul 22
Julieta Hernandez
Julieta Hernandez
19:46 29 Jun 22
I want to say thank my Matrix Team family is running the business and thank you to all our customers that trust our services !!
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Ryan McCarty
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Kamerra H
Kamerra H
15:48 23 May 22
My mom and I did the mother and daughter package and overall it was a really awesome experience! The place was under construction but they were able to accommodate our needs, the only downside is I never even knew our massage therapists names and I am kinda bummed about not being able to utilize the hot tub or sauna but I guess that means I’ll just have to come back another time! (:
Viktoriya Semeykina
Viktoriya Semeykina
03:08 30 Apr 22
I had the best deep tissue massage of my life there, Richard is the best therapist! I highly recommend him for sore muscles and back problems.
masterartist04
masterartist04
00:14 29 Apr 22
I love this place, I recommend this place to everyone
S Havens
S Havens
20:58 24 Apr 22
Excellent massage for myself and my husband. It was my first massage and it was a pleasant experience
Mandy Britt
Mandy Britt
03:15 02 Apr 22
Richard gave an amazing massage!
Tilomai Pea
Tilomai Pea
01:10 24 Mar 22
Richard S.
Richard S.
14:55 14 Feb 22
Here at Matrix massage, Rachel was extremely skilled and attentive to my lower back issues. Fantastic massage, just the right pressure and incredible...
Emma Slikker
Emma Slikker
14:22 01 Feb 22
I have been here 3 times now and have done packages and massages. Always a good experience.
Dolores Medina
Dolores Medina
19:38 12 Dec 21
A delicious sanctuary. I felt the worries of the week being worked out of my body. Richard was my “ Sensei” masseuse educating me on muscle connections and guidance on how to release tension. This is now my spiritual hideaway once a month.
Laura
Laura
05:56 18 Nov 21
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R R
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Janet Cook
Janet Cook
16:52 09 Nov 21
A little pricey, but always a great job. Definitely worth it.
britt sloan
britt sloan
04:38 12 Oct 21
Mouse kowitts
Mouse kowitts
03:40 04 Oct 21
FrIendly staff, great massage
John S
John S
00:29 06 Sep 21
Had a massage with Donna the other day. I learned a lot, mainly that I should do it mote often. Donna took me on an excellent journey to the land of Awesomesauce.
Seth Walsh
Seth Walsh
23:48 03 Sep 21
I just had the best massage I've ever had from Rachel K. She really helped fix a lot of the abuse I've done to my body through a heavily active lifestyle. Thank you!!
Donna May L.
Donna May L.
14:40 03 Sep 21
Amazing therapists. I love their hydro circuit. sauna has helped my pain in so many ways. If you're going to come here and get a massage definitely book a...
Bryant T
Bryant T
19:49 29 Aug 21
Kelly C.
Kelly C.
15:58 07 Aug 21
My first time visiting Matrix and I somehow booked the wrong service, but I'm not even mad about it! (I booked Thai massage online but when I got there,...
Jesus Moreno
Jesus Moreno
02:33 01 Aug 21
Mike Black
Mike Black
01:31 26 Jul 21
Excellent care and customer service. Donna May and Rachel were awesome! Highly recommend.
Emma vB
Emma vB
16:51 08 Jul 21
Had my first massage here yesterday and was super impressed overall. I booked in with Donna, she did a great job and really worked into my problem areas. She was professional and friendly. Have already booked in for a follow up session.
Sara Stevenson
Sara Stevenson
16:02 21 Jun 21
My husband and I have been going here for 7 years now. We have never once been disappointed. They have an amazing environment, fantastic prices and every therapist we have had has been stellar. 10/10 recommend every time! We had a massage yesterday with Donna May and Rachel K. They both were phenomenal and very professional. We love it here!!!
Livia gooden
Livia gooden
00:07 15 Jun 21
Richard is the Bomb.com...and I will be back for their great massage and service!
Whitney Stratton
Whitney Stratton
18:14 08 May 21
Ashley Berger
Ashley Berger
17:10 04 May 21
This was my first visit to Matrix. And I can't wait to go back! I've already scheduled my next massage.The pricing is excellent. You totally okay for their quality and expertise, without paying any markups I've seen at other places. What I received was worth every penny and more.Atmosphere is amazing. I felt welcomed and at ease. It was peaceful and serene. Everything was so nice and clean, and the Covid distancing was easy and encouraged. I got a couple's massage with my partner. The room was nice and big, and the tables were wider than I'm used to at other places.Both therapists were very professional. They listened to my wants and needs. Their instructions were simple and given in a friendly, adult manner. All the things I asked for were given in spades. This is the first time in my whole life a therapist actually respected my wish for soft pressure on my lower back and hips. I can't believe it still. All my covered areas were respected. Rolling over was easy and done with privacy.It feels GREAT. Best massage ever, no doubts. I left feeling so much more relaxed and loose than when I came in. I used to get 3-5 massages a year. But then Covid happened, so I haven't had a massage in over a year. The tightness and knots were no joke. But my therapist worked them out and loosened me up like it was nothing. Like I said, my request for different pressures in different places was honored.I couldn't have had a better experience, there's just no way. Five stars? 100 stars!
Rebecca Weber
Rebecca Weber
02:28 04 May 21
Manuel Medrano
Manuel Medrano
20:04 21 Apr 21
Great hands😍👌👌👌
Jake Darger
Jake Darger
01:37 11 Apr 21
Me and my girl got a ruby couples package and it was fantastic just what I needed.
Emily Poff
Emily Poff
17:24 28 Mar 21
I had the best massage ever from Richard. I have chronically tight muscles and he helped me so much. Highly recommend!!
Susie Greer
Susie Greer
01:55 16 Mar 21
Got the best massage I've had in a long time from Richard. He was really good at making me breath into the tight spots which allowed them to release. He was really knowledgeable and had my posture looking better than it has in ages! Highly recommend! Will be back next time I'm in town!
Vanessa Crump
Vanessa Crump
09:05 07 Mar 21
Donna May was amazing. I've had a ton of massage and I've never had something so good at such a good value in the US. If I lived in Salt Lake City, I'd go back to see her specifically.
Jennie Williams
Jennie Williams
23:50 03 Mar 21
myndee Hanberg
myndee Hanberg
01:53 21 Feb 21
My hubby and I came in for a couples massage but due to a mishap with the room we had to be separated. Other than that we really enjoyed the massages. I had Rachel and she was great. Very informative, friendly, and respectful. It was very clean and a calming atmosphere. Overall 5 stars.
Cezaryna Dzawala
Cezaryna Dzawala
16:45 20 Feb 21
Jacqui was very professional and knowledgeable.I felt like a newborn afterwards and I will definitely be back!
Brynn P.
Brynn P.
11:09 13 Aug 18
This spa was amazing! A group of us went there this past Friday for a Bachelorette Party! This is the only spa in SLC that has any packages or deals for a...
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