On 20 October every year we mark World Osteoporosis Day.
It gives me an opportunity today to talk about a fear often expressed about how safe it is to receive massage when afflicted with decreased bone mass.
Well, here is the answer ...
Osteoporosis or decreased bone density leads to fragile bone and an increased susceptibility to fracture. So how safe it is to receive massage when you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis?
IS IT SAFE TO BE MASSAGED?
The answer is yes, it is safe and no, massage is not contra-indicated but it can:
However, what massage CANNOT do is reverse bone degeneration.
WHAT TYPE OF MASSAGE IS ADVISABLE?
As a state registered massage therapist I have received the appropriate training to massage people with osteoporosis.
As long as we talk to one another and include your doctor in the conversation, I am sure massage can improve the life experience of a person with osteoporosis.
For more information, watch this video by Liz Pugh, US massage therapist.
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!