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Is Massage Good for Knee Pain?

Is Massage Good for Knee Pain?

As one of the most popular complementary health approaches in the United States, massage is used by more than 15 million adults in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health. 

If you are dealing with issues like pain, stiffness, or swelling in your knees, massage may potentially be of benefit to you. Whether your symptoms are caused by 
osteoarthritis or another condition that impacts your joints, there is some evidence showing value in this supplementary treatment. While physical therapy or pain medication may be more frequently prescribed, massage can be an additional option that may positively impact your day-to-day function.

Benefits of Knee Massage

Because many of the commonly prescribed treatments for knee pain have side effects and some are of limited benefit, many people are left searching for alternative options. One such treatment is knee massage. Several different studies have found that massaging a sore or arthritic joint can have a number of benefits including:

  • Bringing blood flow to the joint
  • Improving circulation in the area
  • Reducing the swelling
  • Bringing in new joint fluid
  • Reducing overall pain and stiffness

Massage may also help improve the tone and increase the overall flexibility of the muscles that lend support and stability to the affected knee.

While these physiological benefits are important, what is truly impactful is the effect they may have on your daily life. Research seems to suggest that massage therapy can positively affect pain levels, stiffness, and overall day to day function in individuals dealing with osteoarthritis in their knees. This seems to be especially true in the short term when dealing with a flare-up of pain.

One other benefit is that there are minimal side-effects associated with massage. While this intervention is not meant to replace more traditional treatments like physical therapy, weight loss, and pain medication, it can be a nice supplement that rarely has negative consequences. 

Types of massage

  • Trigger point This type of massage relieves pain in specific areas of the body by applying pressure or vibration at trigger points, the Arthritis Foundation explains.
  • Reiki Based on the Eastern belief that energy can be used to heal, Reiki is a form of massage in which the practitioner guides energy through your body to stimulate healing. The massage therapist's hands hover over or very lightly touch your body. Though the therapy appears to be safe, research hasn't yet shown how effective the treatment is, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
  • Shiatsu This Japanese massage technique uses continuous, rhythmic motions of the fingers and palms to apply pressure to particular points of the body. (The philosophy behind shiatsu is that it restores the flow of healthy energy, or qi.) This type of massage is a good option for someone who does not want to disrobe for a massage, as it’s done fully clothed.
  • Swedish A massage therapist uses long strokes, circular movements of applied pressure, and kneading to help relax muscles, reduce soreness, and increase oxygen flow.
  • Reflexology The theory behind reflexology is that applying pressure to specific spots on the hands and feet brings relief to other parts of the body. This may be beneficial for people who are too tender for direct touch on other parts of the body.

Tips for Knee Massage

If you want to try massage for your painful knees, it's important to make sure you do so safely. First, be sure to speak to the healthcare provider that manages your pain to ensure that massage is appropriate for you. Certain styles of massage may be inappropriate and even harmful for people with an inflamed joint, so it is best to talk to your practitioner first.

Also if you have certain conditions, you may way to steer clear of massage as it may have a negative impact. These conditions include:

  • Pre-existing high blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Varicose veins

If you’re nervous about going for a massage, call ahead and ask the therapist to walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. If you don’t want to lie on a table, ask for a chair massage. If you’re uncomfortable with undressing for a massage, you can request to remain fully or partially clothed. It’s your session.

Finally, it is crucial to remember that a massage should improve your pain, not make it worse. The “no pain, no gain” philosophy is not appropriate under these circumstances.

Self Massage

If you want to try self-massage, the American Massage Therapy Association suggests the following techniques to help maximize the benefit of your treatment. These strokes can be performed with or without a lubricating agent (like moisturizer cream) and may even be done over loose-fitting pants.

  • Begin by rhythmically drumming the palm of your closed hands on the upper, middle, and lower portions of your thigh. Keep the pressure light and complete 30 to 60 seconds of tapping in each section of your leg before moving on. When you finish, repeat the entire process two more times.
  • Next, sit with your knee extended and your heel on the floor. Use the palm of your hand and glide from the top of your thigh down to just above the knee. Release the pressure and repeat the stroke five to 10 more times.
  • After you have finished with the top of the thigh, repeat this same sequence on the inner thigh and the outer thigh. Again, complete five strokes in each area.
  • Once you finish with the thigh, use all of your fingers and press firmly into the tissue surrounding the knee itself. Manipulate the area back and forth in short strokes and complete five repetitions on the top, bottom, inside, and outside of the knee.
  • Finally, sit with your legs extended in front of you and use the palm of your hand to glide down your leg to your knee cap, over to the outside of the thigh, and back up to the starting position again. Repeat this sequence five times before finishing the self-massage.
However, we understand that you probably feel exhausted after a long day and don't want to spend more energy to do a knee massage. 

Well, the Infrared Heating Knee Massager is definitely a good helper.
The massager combines red light therapy, low level laser therapy, kneading massage (Air pressure & Vibration) and far infrared heating therapy into one device to ensure the good treatment efficiency.

It has 3 temperature adjustments, low-grade 45°c, mid-range 50°c, high-grade 55°c, heat energy penetrates the skin, accelerates blood circulation, dredges the meridians, and keeps the knees away from dampness and cold.

Mostly importantly, it also imitates artificial massage. It has 4D airbag to wrap and relax knee soft tissue by squeezing the knee around the airbag. The airbag auto fills and release air to achieve the effect of massaging the knee.

Now, imagine yourself is sitting on a couch or lying on a bed, and using this Infrared Heating Massager. No knee pain, No trouble, the only thing you need to do is to enjoy comfort and ease. 

Life is so good, right? 

This is what the Infrared Heating Massager can achieve for you!

Currently, we are offering "Buy Now, Pay Later" service to 50 customers who want to get a knee massager. "Buy Now, Pay Later" means that you can choose to pay the bill by installments for 6 months, or 12 months. No interest.

It's very popular among our customers. If you want to try this massager, do not miss the opportunity! 

Cordless Infrared Deep Heating Knee Massager

Pay $10.83/month for 12 months, interest-free upon approval.



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