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Posted on: April 12, 2019

Can you get a massage with psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a challenging condition of the skin that causes inflammation and scaling. Is massage therapy an effective treatment for this chronic condition? The good news is that scheduling a session with a licensed massage therapist can actually benefit an individual with psoriasis. That's because studies have shown that a day spa visit that includes massage therapy is helpful at reducing stress levels in addition to alleviating inflammation, both important for reducing the symptoms of this chronic skin condition.

When scheduling your spa treatment, however, it's important to alert the receptionist about your skin condition. Ask the receptionist if that day spa might have a licensed massage therapist on staff who has dealt previously with patients whose skin is chronically inflamed and painful. It's also important to let any therapist know that this is a skin condition that is not contagious. The person giving you the massage need not have any fear that they can catch anything from you.

Whether you enjoy a scalp massage or a full body massage, it is important to have a therapist who goes gently and takes their time. Any areas of the skin that are currently red or inflamed should be avoided. You don't want any hard pressure applied that might result in injury to your skin. But a gentle overall massage or scalp massage can not only help you feel more relaxed, but it also increases circulation and can help to stimulate the body's lymphatic system, essential to your body's overall immune system health. 

A Swedish Massage, a type of massage therapy involving kneading the muscles and using long slow strokes, is a very good treatment for individuals with psoriatic skin conditions. Don't be shy about asking your therapist to use a favorite lotion or oil you bring with you to your appointment if that makes you more comfortable.

The overall sense of relaxation, well-being and stress relief that a professional massage can offer can prove very beneficial to anyone challenged by psoriasis.

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