Gout and Massage Therapy
Long ago, gout was considered to be "a rich man's disease."
People assumed it was caused by enjoying great quantities of
elaborate food and fine wine, which no one except a rich man could
Today, gout is known to affect people of all income levels,
usually during middle age. Overindulging in food and alcohol can
make it worse, but heredity is another contributing factor. People
with high levels of uric acid in their blood can develop sharp
urate crystals in their joints and tissues, which causes recurring
attacks of pain and inflammation.
Symptoms of Gout
When you feel a sudden pain in your big toe -- or in your foot,
ankle, knee, elbow, wrist, hand or fingers -- it could be a gout
attack. The joint may be swollen, showing redness, and feeling warm
when you touch it. While several joints can be affected by gout,
such intense pain usually affects only one at a time.
Treatment and Relief
WebMD explains that while gout cannot be cured, it can be
controlled with treatment. Anti-inflammatory drugs are one method,
but in between gout attacks it can be helpful to receive massage
At Massage Envy, our professional therapists are experienced in
the kind of massage that keeps your muscles and tissue surrounding
the affected area strong and healthy. Encouraging blood to flow
into the area helps contribute to healing, because your body needs
the nutrients that arrive with new, oxygen-rich blood.