May is Lupus Awareness Month—making it the perfect time to spread the word how massage therapy can offer great pain relief to those who suffer from lupus!
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease, which means the body attacks itself as if it were a foreign body—like a virus—that poses a health threat. Lupus can damage any part of the body, be it skin, joints, and/or organs. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, symptoms of lupus can include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Painful or swollen joints
- Swelling in feet, legs, hands, and/or around eyes
- Pain in chest on deep breathing
- Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
- Sensitivity to sun or light
- Hair loss
- Abnormal blood clotting
- Fingers turning white and/or blue when cold
- Mouth or nose ulcers
Not all Lupus patients show the same symptoms. It is known as "the great imitator" or "copycat disease" because its symptoms are often like those of rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, fibromyalgia, diabetes, thyroid problems, Lyme disease, and a number of heart, lung, muscle, and bone diseases.
Lupus Pain Relief With Massage
Massage therapy reduces stress, increases energy and alertness, and improves circulation. This makes it a great way for those who suffer from lupus to take back control of the way they feel every day. The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation states that massage:
- Increases pain-relieving endorphins
- Reduces inflammation and soreness
- Alleviates muscle tension
- Decreases stress
Massage will enable you to move more comfortably and experience less of the exhaustion and physical pain of lupus, therefore increasing your mobility and activity level. Reducing stress is also important for lupus sufferers. Stress can have many psychological and physical side effects, and can trigger lupus flares.
Always be sure to consult your physician prior to trying any kind of massage. If your doctor does recommend massage chair therapy, consider an Infinity Massage Chair! With one of our luxury massage chairs, you can feel better in your everyday life by relieving your lupus symptoms. Our high-quality massage chairs include various massage techniques and features, so you can find the one that best suits your needs.
Visit us at www.infinitymassagechairs.com to learn more, or call 603-347-6006 to speak with one of our knowledgeable massage chair sales representatives today!
Please Note: The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation recommends that if you are experiencing a lupus flare up with possible fever, open lesions, a rash, or other signs or symptoms, you should postpone your massage and first consult a medical professional. Deep tissue massage can aggravate lupus. Additionally, the Lupus Foundation of America states that massage may not be appropriate for some people who have a form of the condition called cutaneous lupus, which affects the skin.