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Osteoarthritis (OA) affects about 10% of the population.
Recent research suggests that OA is a group of diseases marked by a dysfunction in the repair of joint cartilage, especially in the weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips.
Symptoms include: joint pain that may come and go, morning stiffness, loss of mobility, boney changes.
Causes: joint injury, infection, genetic factors and joint mechanics may play a part in the onset of osteoarthritis.
Registered Massage Therapists may help:
Godoy, VC; et al. Effectiveness of massage therapy as co-adjuvant treatment to exercise in osteoarthritis of the knee: A randomized control trial. Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. 27, 4, 521-529, Oct. 2014.
Perlman, A. I., Sabina, A., Williams, A., Njike, V. Y., & Katz, D. L. (2006). Massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized controlled trial. Archives Of Internal Medicine, 166(22), 2533-2538.