You may have clients in your practice who are suffering from osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, or degenerative joint disease. This is the most common joint condition in the U.S., with somewhere between 27 and 30 million sufferers.
The disease occurs most often among those over 65, although it can affect someone younger; according to Arthritis.org, half of all adults will have some symptoms of osteoarthritis in their knees.
This gradual disintegration of the protective cartilage at the end of bones will get worse over time, as the cartilage continues to be worn away. Because it’s a degenerative disease, there is no cure; but as the following blog relates, research has shown massage can help.
Every Day Health also shares a study of 68 people that showed massage therapy was safe and effective for osteoarthritis of the knee; a follow-up study noted that one hour of Swedish massage a week was the optimal treatment. Another study in the 2015 Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine stated that Chinese massage can also bring short term pain relief for the condition.
Read the blog below for more studies and research on massage and osteoarthritis of the knee, and check out the video on massage and osteoarthritis of the knee.
Conservative Care Options for Knee Osteoarthritis
Physicians, now more than ever are recommending conservative treatment including but not limited to: low-impact exercise, acupuncture and manual therapy as part of a multi-modal approach for patients suffering from osteoarthritis knee pain.