Massage therapy has been found to reduce symptoms related to osteoarthritis, including stiffness and pain. A different, new research study indicates African Americans have a higher burden of multiple, large-joint osteoarthritis than do other races. The research also indicates African Americans are more likely to have knee osteoarthritis, but less likely to be affected by hand osteoarthritis than Caucasians are.

In previous research studies, massage has been found to benefit sufferers of both knee and hand osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and typically affects multiple joints, according to a press release from Wiley, the publisher of the new research. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) estimates that more than 27 million adults, 25 years of age and older, are burdened by osteoarthritis.

“With the percentage of those affected by osteoarthritis increasing as the population ages, NIAMS projects that 67 million individuals will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by 2030,” the press release noted.

The findings were reported in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Rheumatology.

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