Massage involves the manipulation of tissues using pressure, tension, motion or vibration.
There have been limited scientific studies on the benefits of massage specifically for arthritis. From these studies, it appears that massage 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. However massage will not reduce inflammation or joint damage from arthritis. Massage therapists may have different levels of training depending on the type of massage they practice.
To be assured that your therapist has formal, accredited qualifications and adheres to a code of ethics, check that they are a member of Massage & Myotherapy Australia or equivalent organisation.
When choosing a massage therapist, it is important to check that they are also experienced with working with arthritis. To learn more about massage in arthritis, download the information sheet ‘massage and arthritis’ which includes information about the possible benefits and tips on choosing a qualified massage therapist.
Useful links & resources
Arthritis and massage info sheet
Selecting a complementary medicine healthcare practitioner fact sheet