Therapeutic Massage Helps Arthritis Sufferers Manage Pain at Massage Envy Houston

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October 12 Healing Hands for Arthritis Event supports Arthritis Foundation. For every one-hour therapeutic massage or facial session on October 12, Massage Envy will donate $10 to help fight, raise awareness and ultimately cure arthritis.

Most arthritis sufferers aren’t fully aware of the amazing benefits of massage. In a one-hour session, my clients are transformed.

Massage Envy Houston is offering area residents a meaningful and therapeutic way to support the Arthritis Foundation on World Arthritis Day this October 12 through Massage Envy’s Healing Hands for Arthritis initiative. During the one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis event, $10 from every one-hour therapeutic massage or facial session at any of Houston Massage Envy’s 28 locations will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation, supporting people living with arthritis with funds dedicated to research, education and life improvement programs.

Massage Envy Houston’s Kris Steiger has experienced joint pain for almost a decade, but she didn’t become a Massage Therapist until after she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis four years ago. “The arthritis started in my hands. My doctor insisted that I needed surgery, but I was determined to explore alternatives,” she explains. “Being a massage therapist has provided much needed exercise and stretching for my hands. My personal experience with arthritis enables me to provide compassionate therapy and consultation to my clients who need to manage arthritis symptoms.”

Steiger and her Massage Envy clients are among the 50 million+ Americans – or one in five – who suffer from arthritis, which is the leading cause of disability, reduced quality of life and high health care costs in the United States. Whether it is degenerative osteoarthritis, chronic rheumatoid arthritis or any of a hundred other types, those afflicted with arthritis generally resort to a combination of prescription medications, homeopathic treatments, exercise, massage and physical therapy for much-needed relief.

“Many of my clients use medications to manage arthritis pain, but these can damage the liver. Exercise is beneficial to retain range of motion, but it can be excruciatingly painful,” Steiger explains. “Most arthritis sufferers aren’t fully aware of the amazing benefits of massage. In a one-hour session, my clients are transformed. They walk in our doors stooped and holding in the pain. After treatment, they enjoy complete freedom from their arthritis symptoms.”

The benefits of massage therapy can last anywhere from a week for a thoracic patient to often more than a month for those with osteoarthritis. Like every Massage Envy therapist, Steiger creates an individualized plan to relieve general arthritis pain and target specific pressure points where pain is most acute. She also consults with them about the remedies they use at home. Experienced massage therapists can set a range of healing processes into motion for arthritic clients:

  • Joints are loosened when adhesions in muscles or ligaments are broken up;
  • The production of synovial fluid is stimulated, thus providing additional cushioning;
  • Production of natural pain-killing endorphins increases; and
  • Spasms causing muscle pain are reduced.

Massage Envy Houston is offering area residents a meaningful and therapeutic way to support the Arthritis Foundation on World Arthritis Day this October 12 through Massage Envy’s Healing Hands for Arthritis initiative. During the one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis event, $10 from every one-hour therapeutic massage or facial session at any of Houston Massage Envy’s 28 locations will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation, supporting people living with arthritis with funds dedicated to research, education and life improvement programs.

Residents from The Woodlands, Spring and Humble; to League City, Sugar Land, Katy and the entire Houston area are encouraged to treat their friends, their families and themselves to a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or facial session at a Massage Envy clinic. Pre-booking your appointment is strongly encouraged for Healing Hands for Arthritis. Appointments are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. For a complete list of Houston area locations, go online to http://www.massageenvyhouston.com.

In the last two years, Massage Envy has donated nearly $100,000 to fund clinical research related to the benefits of massage therapy. In addition to hosting Healing Hands for Arthritis, Massage Envy is a national sponsor of the Arthritis Foundation’s 200 Arthritis Walk® events. Massage Envy owners from across the country have been and continue to have a presence at their local Arthritis Walks to share information about the benefits of massage therapy, provide chair massages and support the Arthritis Foundation’s mission.

About Massage Envy
Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has 700 locations in 44 states and has experienced 25 percent year‐over‐year growth. In addition, the average unit volume for a Massage Envy Spa is $1 million. The company was recently named a top AllBusiness (a D&B company) AllStar Franchise, and is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA). For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.

About The Arthritis Foundation
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life‐changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.

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