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  • Christi-Anne Holder

A Joint Effort

From acute injuries like tendonitis to chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain is as common as it is vexing. Medical Massage Therapy can help. A lot.

There are 360 joints in the human body, and they are your tickets to mobility, movement, and freedom. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to walk, bend, kneel, squat, reach or run. You wouldn’t be able to golf, garden, paint, dance, or swim. You wouldn’t even be able to sit down, tie your shoes or give a high five.

But joints can also be limiting as they are liberating—particularly when they’re sore, irritated, and aching, which they often are, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because of arthritis alone, the CDC notes, nearly 15 million American adults live with severe joint pain. That’s joint pain measuring 7 or more on a 10-point scale, where 0 is no pain and 10 is severe pain.

Joint pain is usually the result of inflammation. Whether the pain is mild or severe, it becomes concerning when it limits activities or functions such as standing, walking, or exercising. When it impacts your ability to do simple things like going to the mailbox or getting to your child’s sporting events ... you need to do something about it!

Medical massage therapy delivers fast, effective relief. A doctor may want to prescribe medications, injections, or even surgery in extreme cases. However, Medical Massage Therapy does an amazing job of swiftly loosening the muscles & myofascial tissue around the joint, which helps ignite the healing and recovery process.

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