Ankylosing spondylitis

The benefits of healing hands….

After my little jaunt with the garden on Monday, I was feeling quite out-of-sorts to say the least. By yesterday afternoon I was hurting so bad in my sacrum and lower back I had to take a painkiller which I was doing well to stay away from over the last week during the day. But thankful for the relief and the fact I had a scheduled massage later in the day, which brings me to the question “Do you know how beneficial a massage is for you, especially is you have AS?”

I started getting massages about 7 years ago. Now mind you these are not the “foo foo” massages or the “spa” massages you get done by a masseuse, these massages are deep tissue and they get to the very core of you. The first time I had one I thought I would come right off the table. I hurt in places I didn’t know existed. But after a while and some time on the table you begin to notice that it doesn’t hurt like it use to. Now if you quit going all that tightness returns and the “uncomfortableness” you felt on the first day comes back to haunt you. By the time my massage therapist got done with me yesterday I was in HEAVEN. I still have to suffer through the first 30 minutes of agony while she works me through the trenches but the last 30 minutes is heavenly.

If you haven’t gotten a massage and you do have AS, really consider it for a moment. The benefits outweigh the cost (some people think it is too expensive). I pay $60 every other week and it is well worth it to me to feel better. I’m not saying go out and get a massage twice a month, but once a month for 30 minutes would be good and that boils down to a $1 a day! Now massage doesn’t take the pain away nor will it take all the achiness away but look here at what you could be gaining…

The Benefits Of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage?

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.

So you can see that the benefit to massage are worth the price, if you care about your health and ability to deal with this disease. There are many massage therapy schools you can get massages at for a lower price and you can go for 30 minutes vs 60 and get a price difference. The other reason I go is for my chiropractor. He says adjusting me is much easier after a massage than before one so I always schedule my massage appointment the day before I go to the chiropractor.

So the next time you “think” of a massage, try and schedule one. Just remember your health is what matters and dealing with AS is secondary!

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