Massage and Osteoporosis

Last Updated Jul 17, 2020

Massage is a natural treatment used to relieve the symptoms and pain associated with a range of ailments and conditions, including osteoporosis. Massage has been used across a myriad of cultures for therapeutic effect, and is especially associated with the relief of tension and enhanced circulation.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition where bone conditioning deteriorates to the point where they become fragile and are easily broken.  This is often related to the natural ageing process, where bone density is not continually replenished, or in the case of females at the onset of the menopause – where hormonal changes can often lead to the condition. 

What is Massage?

Massage or body work is an ancient therapy that involves the physical manipulation of the muscles and tissues of the body.  This is typically experienced in a reclining position, on your back or stomach; though seated massage is also commonly practised.  There are numerous types or styles of massage, and your therapist will decide which is the most appropriate if you are suffering from osteoporosis.

The benefits of massage are numerous and include:

  • Reduction in stress and nervous tension
  • Enhanced circulation
  • Reduction in pain
  • Enhanced mental alertness; and
  • Reduced muscle tension

How Can Massage Help Osteoporosis?

Massage can be a beneficial treatment for someone who is recuperating from a fracture of a bone or limb.  This condition is often accompanied by muscle stiffness and massage can often offer symptomatic relief, though only in the hands of a qualified therapist.  Techniques such as deep tissue massage may actually exacerbate an internal fracture. Ensure your massage practitioner is qualified and registered with an appropriate national association.  This will ensure they have the appropriate qualifications and are competent in the discipline; and that they are also in possession of all the relevant indemnity cover.  

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Originally published on Jun 16, 2010

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