Massage Therapies for Arthritis

A Natural Remedy For Arthritis

Massage therapies for arthritis suffers are an effective way to reduce pain, increase mobility and decrease the severity of symptoms of arthritis. 

Massage therapy was first introduced into the medical field by the ancient Greeks over2000 years ago, and continues to be used to stimulate circulation as well as provide relaxation and muscle and joint flexibility.

Types Of Massage Therapies For Arthritis

People mistakenly think that there is only one type of massage therapy! There are actually multiple types of massage therapies for arthritis patients and depending on the patient, stage and type of the arthritis, some will be more effective than others. 

The most well known forms of massage therapy for arthritis are:

  • Deep tissue massage – designed to relieve tense muscles with a combination of pressure and long stroking movements with significant force. NOTE: This massage can cause discomfort for some individuals


  • Swedish massage – the traditional massage that includes manipulation of the joints as well as kneading and friction on the muscles


  • Reflexology– stimulates reflex points on the hands, feet and ears that prompt muscle relaxation in other parts of the body


  • Acupressure and shiatsu – these are the Asian massage therapies that include finger pressure on certain parts of the body to promote relaxation throughout the body


  • Trigger point therapy – allows the tension to be released by working the knots in the muscles individually


  • Myofascial massage– actually manipulates the tissue around the muscles, the fascia, to promote the relaxation of the whole muscle.


Often used in conjunction with prescription medication or an alternative arthritis pain reliever, massage therapy can be an effective short and long term treatment.

Dangerous Drugs

No doubt you’re aware of the recent news and countless reports outlining the heart attack risks of some of the most widely marketed prescription painkillers/anti-inflammatories (COX-2 inhibitors) used as a therapy for arthritis.

  • Vioxx
  • Bextra
  • Celebrex

Vioxx has been linked to around 140,000 cases of coronary heart disease in the US since 1999, and reportedly 103 deaths from heart attack and stroke in the UK. (1)

Because these drugs received fast track approval from the FDA – these deadly side effects were not picked up in initial clinical studies. (Or at least that is what the manufacturer – Merck – has told us).

Once believed as harmless as over-the-counter painkillers, 2 of these 3 pharmaceutical drugs were pulled from the market. This stimulated arthritis sufferer’s interest in looking at all natural alternative options including massage therapies for arthritis.

NOTE: Vioxx has subsequently been re-approved for sale!!! But that’s a whole other article to write!!

Other Types of Arthritis Drugs And Side Effects

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

e.g. 

Aspirin
Ibuprofen

Side effects include:

  • possible kidney failure with prolonged use
  • fluid retention
  • potential liver failure
  • ulcers and prolonged bleeding

Oral steroids

e.g. 

Prednisone
Hydrocortisone

Here's an CRITICAL point about arthritis drugs. They only suppress the symptoms – they do not address the ROOT CAUSE of the pain.

Ok – that’s enough about these nasty drugs – you get the picture, right? Let’s look at other another option. Besides massage therapies for arthritis there are natural supplements which can act as an alternative arthritis pain reliever. 

Products in this category provide a natural cure for arthritis without the worry of the dangers (both recorded and yet to be discovered) of the above drugs. 

Treatment Options 
A Natural Remedy For Arthritis

In conjunction with massage therapies for arthritis, supplements can be an effective remedy for many people. Since everyone is an individual however, natural remedies do not achieve the same results for everyone. Some ingredients produce better results than others for different users.

Science has uncovered active ingredients in some herbs and other natural substances which have been shown to be as effective as pharmaceutical drugs at relieving arthritic pain. 

But unlike drugs they have no side effects and most importantly they tackle the root cause of the problem, helping to improve, cure and/or prevent re occurrence.

Which are the key players?

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Boswellia Serrata
  • Ginger extract
  • CMO (Cerasomal-cis-9-cetylmyristoleate)
  • SAMe (S-adensylmethionine)
  • Gingko Biloba extract
  • Tocotrienols
  • Green Tea extract

The Best Type Of Arthritis Supplement

As I mentioned above, natural compounds produce differing results in different people. While one of these key arthritis nutrients may achieve exceptional results for one person, it may not create equal results for another.

A truly effective arthritis supplement must therefore contain them all!

This then offers full spectrum support from all the most effective ingredients for treating arthritis. Although most of these substances are well known for their individual benefits, if they are combined together the results will be far more effective. 

This combination, if based on studies at the molecular level to ensure compatibility, creates powerful synergy meaning greater potency and efficacy than other ordinary arthritis formulas.

The formula should also contain a wide range of cofactors, in addition to vitamins, minerals, trace elements, other herbals extracts, specialty nutrients and amino acids.

Here's The Super Arthritis Formula That Gets 
My Vote – Hands Down!

‘Not Just Joints’ from Xtend-Life!

"The scientific team at Xtend-Life have done this and developed a world first multi-nutrient formula that combines ingredients supported by clinical studies to give you the best chance of a successful outcome....this formula is called Not Just Joints (previously known as Arthrit-Eze)

I want to tell you a bit about the formula of this product. In addition to all the key nutrients listed above they have also included all of the following: 

MSM (Methylsulfonyl methane) 

Decreases inflammation and chronic pain, and increases connective tissue elasticity in joint stiffness.

Enzymes

Bromelain, Lysozyme, Papain and Protease. Slow down joint tissue destruction shown in trials to be equivalent in pain reduction success to NSAIDs.

New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussels

Exerting anti-inflammatory effects and presented in clinical studies as reducing symptoms in dogs with advanced arthritic conditions.

Celery Seed Extract

Sedative and anti-arthritic effects. Anti-inflammatory effects proven to appreciably reduce joint deterioration.

Turmeric Root Extract

A strong anti-oxidant. Studies indicate its anti-inflammatory properties inhibit prostaglandin and COX-2 activity.

Ipriflavone (7-IPF)

Helps to prevent bone density loss without inhibiting bone formulation. Reports indicate that it enhances calcium absorption and promotes bone construction.

Phellodendron Amurense Extract (bark)

Anti-inflammatory properties and anti-proliferative (preventing multiplication of similar cells) effects, inhibiting COX-2 states.” (2)


Xtend-Life is so confidant that they have created the best broad spectrum, synergistic arthritis supplement in the market, they offer a 100% money back guarantee if no improvement in your arthritis conditions are noted after three months of use (following recommended dosage protocols).

I recommend this product to you with full confidence. If you decide to give it a try I'd love to hear from you and know your results. I hope you get the same results as my father has (see below).

Massage Therapies for Arthritis AND 'Not Just Joints'
A POWERFUL Combination

Let’s sum up. 

The dangers of using pharmaceutical drugs as arthritis therapies are all too apparent. Steer clear! Take an alternative approach without the fear of toxic side effects.

Massage therapies for arthritis will not help everyone but they are worth a try; are simple to organize; and can often be arranged in the convenience of your home. In conjunction with (guaranteed) Not Just Joints, you’ll be taking a comprehensive and sensible all natural approach to dealing with your arthritis. 


Personal Note (March 06): My father has been using Not Just Joints for just on 6 months now and no longer experiences any pain. The stiffness in his fingers upon waking has virtually disappeared. A few years back he had a go at other some other supplements and a small series of massage therapies for arthritis but didn’t get any significant results from these.


Sources:

Xtend-Life website, ‘Health conditions – Arthritis’ (used with permission)

Xtend-Life website/ product page – Arthrit-Eze.


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