Features September 2004 Issue

Massage: It Feels Good, But Is It Good For You?

Therapeutic massage for arthritis patients is moving beyond the “feels nice” stage and closer to mainstream therapy.

There’s one thing about which every arthritis patient who has had therapeutic massage—the manual manipulation of soft tissues—agrees. It feels good.

“Massage provides a nurturing touch that allows the arthritis patient to feel comforted. It’s a therapy that reduces a person’s level of stress,” says Karen Fink, a massage therapist who serves as Massage Committee chairperson for The Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine. …

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