DALLAS, TX 4/08/2009 02:21 PM GMT (TransWorldNews) Massage therapy is a proven program that eases the symptoms of chronic arthritis.

“Our professional massage therapy services not only help improve mobility, circulation and flexibility, but also includes techniques that can reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis,” said CG Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development for Massage Envy Limited, the leading provider of massage therapy in the U.S.

A recent study by the University of Miami School of Medicine found that arthritis patients who received massages regularly reported less pain and increased grip strength.

Massage therapy is an effective treatment for increasing and maintaining flexibility and motion. By working on muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments, massage can stimulate the production and retention of our bodies’ natural lubricants between the connective tissue fibers, making stretching and movement easier, and keeping the body flexible. In addition, massage encourages movement of our blood, helping to bring more nutrients to our muscles and tissues and speeding the removal of toxins in these areas.

Benefits to improving flexibility and range of motion include:

Stimulates the production of the body’s natural lubricants to keep flexibility at a maximum
Can enhance athletic performance as the body ages
Helps prevent active lifestyle injuries by keeping the body flexible

At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $39. Memberships are available for $49 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members can also enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate.

For more information, log on to http://www.massageenvy.com/ to find the nearest Massage Envy clinic. There are 25 locations in Dallas/Ft. Worth. 

Massage Envy Limited, LLC is a national franchise of massage therapy clinics dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has opened 500 clinics in 38 states in just over five years, with 300 more franchises currently under development from coast to coast and 25 locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. For more information about Massage Envy, visit the website at http://www.massageenvy.com/. *Not all types of massage available at all clinics.