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In most cases, if you are suffering from an acute or flare-up of joint pain it is unwise to directly massage the area associated with the joint pain. For pretty much any cause of severe joint pain a direct message on the affected area is actually a bad idea and can make matters worse rather than better.

Of course, the exact needs and limitations associated with addressing your pain depends on your exact source of the joint pain itself. If you do not know the cause of your joint pain then you should see your physician or at least consult with a licensed massage therapist about your symptoms before seeking to try and rub the pain away no matter how tempting it is. Of course it’s best for you to consult your physician when it comes to your own personal health and possible conditions that may be growing over time, massage therapists will also typically have a large understanding of regular sources of chronic pain from their experience with their customers and from their study of what massage techniques to use for certain problems.

When it comes to inflammation of joints due to the various forms of arthritis, it is best not to try to touch the affected area much during the flare-ups of inflammation. However that does not mean massage is useless for those suffering from chronic arthritis pains, it’s just that massage is better treated as preventative message or a healthier lifestyle choice that will help prevent further pains and flare-ups by promoting blood flow, releasing tension from muscles close to the joints and supporting your bodies ability to recover and grow better. The act of getting a massage also releases several stress-fighting chemicals that can help you live more relaxed and get better rest which are important healthy choices for keeping your flare-ups to a minimum.

So the best policy is to avoid directly messing with the area affected by the inflammation until it settles down, in which case it is appropriate to seek out massage to relieve stiffness and lingering aches as well as help your body recover and prevent or lessen the severity of future flare-ups and inflammations whether they come from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, or bursitis. 

If you are suffering from long-lasting or recurrent joint pains that have yet to be diagnosed you should see a physician as soon as possible to slow any potential worsening of the condition down, plus once you’ve been diagnosed and can give clearer information to your massage therapist you can then better receive more specialized and targeted treatment to help address your joint pain problems.

Those looking for professional treatment are urged to get in touch with Modoma right away. If this will be your first visit to one of our location, make sure to check out our special introductory massage package. With it, you will receive over $250 worth of massage services for only $49. 

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Modoma is a medically directed health and wellness clinic providing physical medicine and rehabilitation. We combine the benefits of massage with the medical practicality of physical therapy.

4944 Preston Rd, Ste 100A
Frisco, TX 75034
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(972) 861-1143