If you suffer from osteoarthritis and related joint pain, stiffness or even a physical disability, you'll be happy to hear that results of a new study: People who underwent massage therapy felt relief from their symptoms for up to two months. The study, in Archives of Internal Medicine, followed 68 people with osteoarthritis in their knees who underwent massage therapy for a total of eight weeks. Participants experienced improvements in pain, stiffness and physical function for up to eight weeks after their last massage. Osteoarthritis is caused when the natural joint-repair process slows down with age. Approximately 21 million people in the US suffer from osteoarthritis. For more information, visit the American Massage Therapy Association at amtamassage.org.

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