Arthritis

OSTEOARTHRITIS (OA)
This is usually due to excessive wear to a joint, and is therefore most common in weight bearing joints like the hips, knees lumbar joints of the spine (including the neck) and fingers. Massage helps to improve the condition of the muscles around the affected joint and usually improve its function. With better function, less calcification and fibrosis are able to form which can help prevent further degeneration. We can also advise on simple exercises and techniques to help maintain flexibility.

SPONDYLOSIS
Similar to OA this wear affects the intervertebral joints and commonly leads to spinal changes like the ‘Dowagers Hump’. Flexibility is very important to maintain and deep tissue treatments alongside exercises can be very helpful. 

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA)
This auto-immune condition affects the body symmetrically and is most common in the hands, elbows, shoulders, feet and knees. With flare ups and remissions, therapists can break down scar tissue increasing flexibility and advise on exercises to help rebuild or maintain the strength and flexibility of the affected joint, especially when in the remission phase. 

OTHER FORMS of arthritis such are psoriatic, and ankylosing spondylitis can also be greatly helped with massage.