Massage and Osteoarthritis

The story of massage therapy and osteoarthritis in pictures. Text descriptions are provided below.

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  • 1 in 11 Australians have osteoarthritis.
  • Over half these people report moderate to severe pain.
  • 1 in 6 Australians with osteoarthritis reported high or very high psychological distress.
  • Massage therapy may have short-term pain-relieving benefits for people with arthritis-related pain.
  • Massage may also help to temporarily improve the mobility of joints and muscles affected by arthritis.
  • There is evidence across a range of studies for the effectiveness of massage therapy in relieving pain and stiffness and improving physical function, including activities of daily living.
  • A systematic review involving 7 trials and 352 participants found low to moderate quality evidence that massage therapy is superior to non-active therapies in reducing pain and improving functional outcomes for arthritis.
  • There is also evidence from randomised controlled trials that massage therapy massage improves pain, stiffness, and physical function of knee osteoarthritis.

References conditions/osteoarthritis/contents/what-is-osteoarthritis

Nelson NL, Churilla JR. Massage Therapy for Pain and Function in Patients With Arthritis: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Sep;96(9):665-672

Perlman A, et al. Efficacy and Safety of Massage for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: a Randomized Clinical Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Mar;34(3):379-386

Perlman A, et al. Massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Dec 11-25;166(22):2533-8

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