Healing Hands

According to the NIH News In Health:

“Many people associate massage with vacations or spas and consider them something of a luxury. But research is beginning to suggest this ancient form of hands-on healing may be more than an indulgence—may help improve your health.”

Massage can calm the nervous system, decreasing the production of stress hormones while reducing pain. Usually considered a complementary or alternative therapy, use of massage in pain management for arthritis is gaining mainstream momentum.  Arthritis Today, a publication of the Arthritis Foundation, outlines the benefits of massage. Arthritis UK also states there may be benefits (read about it here.)

In a 1997 research study, the University of Miami School of Medicine determined that children with JRA did benefit from massage, stating:

“… children with mild to moderate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis who were massaged by their parents 15 minutes a day for 30 days (and a control group engaged in relaxation therapy). The children’s anxiety and stress hormone (cortisol) levels were immediately decreased by the massage, and over the 30-day period their pain decreased on self-reports, parent reports, and their physician’s assessment of pain (both the incidence and severity) and pain-limiting activities.”


Although there are few studies, and more research needs to be done, it seems as though regular massage, as approved by your childs physician, could help reduce the pain associated with Juvenile Arthritis.

September 18th, 2013 Massage Envy, in cooperation with the Arthritis Foundation is offering the Healing Hands program. Every 1 hour massage or facial  performed at any Massage Envy across the country today will result in a ten dollar donation to the Arthritis Foundation. So wouldn’t this be a great time to try?



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