Massage for Psoriasis Symptom Relief
May 07, 2019
By Michael Haught LMT, Keystone Body Therapies
Psoriasis is a skin condition in which the superficial skin cells reproduce at accelerated rates, creating a silvery, scaly appearance.
Swimsuit season is the time of year many people with psoriasis dread. Psoriasis is a skin condition in which the superficial skin cells reproduce at accelerated rates, creating a silvery, scaly appearance. There are many forms that can range from small, shallow lesions to small, red, and itchy areas, to red, hot, and painful rash, and even arthritic symptoms of the joints. There are many different factors that can cause flare ups: weather and environmental, injury, stress, medications, and infection to name a few. There are many different treatment options for psoriasis, including medicated topical ointments, immunosuppressive therapy, self-care (stress relief, light therapy, moisturizing), and alternative medicine. Patients have reported to the National Psoriasis Foundation that alternative therapies have helped them with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis symptoms.
Some of the alternative therapies that were reported to provide relief are acupressure, acupuncture, and massage. Acupressure and acupuncture are both forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine that access certain points of healing on the body to reduce pain and stress, increase circulation, and boost the immune system. Although there are no clinical studies supporting the claims, there have been many patients that have felt relief from these forms of care. Massage is a form of alternative care in which the superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue is manipulated to enhance function, improve lymph circulation, and promote relaxation. During a massage session, the therapist will use a variety of techniques to relax, lengthen, loosen, and stretch muscles and joints. By a therapist applying these techniques, circulation will naturally increase and the lymphatic system will be stimulated. By the body experiencing stimulation, inflammation, not only superficially but around the joints as well, will be reduced, allowing the body to begin the healing process.
If you are going to seek out a massage therapist to help with any symptoms you might have, let them know beforehand so that you can be sure the therapist is comfortable and knowledgeable in working with psoriasis. Remind the therapist that it is not contagious (they should already be aware of this, but it is always a good idea to reiterate). Also, it is a good idea to ask for a relaxing Swedish-style massage to avoid any further irritation to affected areas and allow for a better relaxation experience. If you are experiencing arthritic symptoms as well, please let your therapist know so that they can avoid working directly on those joints and avoid further inflammation and pain. Another good idea when seeking a massage is to bring your own oils, creams, or lotions. Many lotions on the market have ingredients that can cause a reaction or flare up, and for your own comfort, you may want to bring your own or ask to see the ingredients of the therapist’s lotions before your session.
If you or anyone that you know has psoriasis and would like to experience a natural and alternative therapy for relief, please contact Keystone Body Therapies, by phone 480-686-8647, or visit www.keystonebodytherapies.com. We are located at 1600 West Chandler Blvd Ste#250 in Chandler and our new location in Scottsdale is at 9746 N. 90th Place, suite 105. Schedule your free 30 minute consultation and find out more about how we can help you find relief.
Sources: Available upon request.
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