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Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis

What's the difference between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis? (apart from both conditions being excruciatingly painful) ...


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Osteoarthritis is common joint disease that occurs when cartilage (the rubber-like padding between the joints), ligaments and eventually bone wears away over time.

It is a painful condition which creates bone on bone friction. It is common in the joints of the hands, lower back, knees and hips.

Therapeutic Massage can help reduce pain symptoms by easing muscle tension above and below the joint, as well as strengthening exercises to promote muscle balance.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder which affects the body’s immune system by attacking its own tissue including joints, in some cases it attacks internal organs.

When it attacks the joints it creates painful swelling, and over time can cause bone erosion and joint deformity.

Therapeutic massage can help relieve symptoms and manage the condition by decreasing the tension in muscles which pull on painful joints. It also promotes circulation and lymphatic fluid movement and allows the person to relax which in turn helps with pain perception.



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