Osteoporosis is a condition that can cause the bones to become brittle, making them more prone to fractures and breakages. It is important for people with osteoporosis to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and massage therapy. In this blog post, we will discuss why massage therapy is beneficial for osteoporosis sufferers and how it can help them manage their symptoms.
The Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy has been shown to have many benefits for people suffering from osteoporosis. Firstly, it helps reduce muscle tension which can be caused by a lack of movement or stress. Tense muscles can put extra strain on the bones, increasing the risk of fracture or breakage. By reducing muscle tension through massage therapy, this risk is reduced and allows the body to move more freely.
Massage therapy also increases circulation in the body which helps improve bone health. This improved circulation helps deliver essential nutrients to the bones, keeping them strong and healthy. Improved circulation also helps reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis or joint problems – issues that are common among those with osteoporosis.
Finally, massage therapy relieves stress which has been linked to deteriorating bone health. Stress causes hormones such as cortisol to be released which can weaken bones over time if left unchecked. Massage therapy helps reduce cortisol levels in the body, improving overall mental well-being as well as physical health.
In conclusion, massage therapy offers many benefits for those suffering from osteoporosis. It reduces muscle tension which reduces the risk of fracture or breakage, increases circulation which helps improve bone health and reduce pain and inflammation, and lastly, it relieves stress which can have a detrimental effect on bone health over time if left unchecked. If you suffer from osteoporosis then it is worth considering adding massage therapy into your treatment plan as it could help you manage your symptoms more effectively.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Natalie Yeo, RMT, or one of the other registered massage therapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!