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Posted on: February 28, 2018

Massage Therapy for Osteoporosis

What Is Osteoporosis? 

When you have osteoporosis, you need pain relief on a daily basis. Osteoporosis is a condition that leads to the loss of bone tissue, making it easier to break a hip bone or vertebra while simply standing up. This condition primarily affects older adults who may already have other mobility issues. Osteoporosis is often caused by a lack of absorption of vitamin D and calcium.

Can You Enjoy a Massage When You Have Osteoporosis? 

While having massage therapy is helpful for anyone who has discomfort, it is essential to have your physician’s clearance first. When your massage therapist understands your health problem, she can plan a bodywork technique that is gentle and soothing. In addition to having a relaxing massage, you must use caution while climbing onto a padded massage table. 

You Need Gentle and Soothing Bodywork

In some cases, your massage therapist will have a massage table that is easy for her to raise and lower, making it easier for you to have bodywork. The focus of a massage for osteoporosis is to increase the blood flow to the muscles surrounding your joints and bones. The therapist will never apply too much pressure to the actual bones or joints to avoid causing any additional damage. 

Request Aromatherapy During Your Massage 

With the right stroking techniques, your joints or bones will feel better, and massage therapy can help you relax so that you can sleep better at night. While having bodywork at a spa, you can also request aromatherapy treatments that will augment your experience. There are several essential oil scents that are recommended for pain relief, including: 

• Wintergreen
• Peppermint
• Eucalyptus 
• Juniper
• Rosemary
• Chamomile 

The spa may also have diffusers to create an aromatic mist in your massage room to help you have additional pain relief.

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