How Massage Therapy Can Benefit Those with Autoimmune Disease
One in five Americans, or 20% of the population, are affected by autoimmune illnesses. Autoimmune diseases refer to a malfunction in the immune system that causes it to attack healthy cells in the body by mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect any part of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, skin, and joints. Additionally, women are more prone to autoimmune illnesses than men are.
Let's talk about some of the autoimmune diseases.
Type 1 Diabetes
Among the known autoimmune disorders include Hashimoto's disease, lupus, Reynaud's syndrome, scleroderma, Grave's disease, and type 1 diabetes, but over 80 other forms have been found.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing autoimmune diseases, as each person experiences different symptoms and severity levels. Some people with autoimmune diseases may need medication to manage their symptoms, while others may only require lifestyle changes.
There is no cure for autoimmune diseases, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life for patients. One such treatment is massage therapy. Massage Therapy can be utilized to bring relief to patients with autoimmune diseases and aid in the effectiveness of medications. Many autoimmune patients suffer from chronic pain and inflammation. Massage therapy can decrease pain, anxiety, depression, and stress!
Massage therapy has been shown to be beneficial for autoimmune diseases in several ways. First, massage can help reduce stress, a significant trigger for autoimmune flare-ups. Massage also helps to increase circulation and reduce inflammation, two other important factors in managing autoimmune symptoms. There is evidence that massage can be beneficial for people with autoimmune diseases.
One study found that massage therapy was associated with reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol in women with autoimmune diseases. Another study found that massage therapy improved quality of life and symptoms in people with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, and multiple sclerosis.
If you or someone you know suffers from an autoimmune disease, consider making massage a part of your treatment plan. Massage can help reduce stress, improve circulation, and may even help to reduce inflammation.
Have you not been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease/condition but endured any of the following concerns?
General sense of not feeling well
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, our massage treatments will also assist you in your journey of overall health and wellness. We encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help improve your quality of life.