We have see quite a few clients lately who have presented with pain in the knee that has been attributed to arthritic changes. Our results have been quite good, and the research supports this.
There's been more than one study suggesting massage therapy helps relieve the pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee. More recently, the results have again been affirmed by research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This 2012 study comprised 125 adult participants diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee.
At eight weeks, there was significant improvement (measured by an arthritis index score called WOMAC) in the 60-minute massage groups compared to usual care and the massage group reported less pain. The lead researcher stated, "The three highest doses of massage improved relative to baseline in WOMAC pain at 16 and 24 weeks, in stiffness at 24 weeks, and functionality at 16 and 24 weeks." The results seemed to last.