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Medical Massage located in Tempe, AZ

Arthritis is a painful condition that typically worsens with time. At Medi-ssage Health in Tempe, Arizona, medical massage provider Arricka Watkins, LMT, MMP, uses targeted techniques to relieve arthritis pain. The practice offers the arthrossage technique, myofascial release, and CBD ointments to reduce inflammation and improve joint function. To learn more, call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition that primarily causes joint inflammation. Individuals with arthritis often experience debilitating symptoms as the condition progresses. Joint pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion from arthritis can limit your ability to perform your daily activities. Over time, walking, cooking, and even working can become uncomfortable with arthritis.

What are the different types of arthritis?

Several types of arthritis can damage and inflame your joints, including:

Osteoarthritis (OA)

Osteoarthritis is a “wear and tear” condition in which the cartilage surrounding your joints deteriorates. Without healthy cartilage, friction between connecting bones can cause pain and inflammation. As the most prevalent type of arthritis, OA becomes increasingly common with age.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Unlike OA, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint inflammation. RA can affect any joint in your body, but the fingers, toes, wrists, and ankles are common areas it develops.

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which plaques, or red, itchy, scaly patches, develop on the skin. This inflammatory condition can also lead to swollen joints, stiffness, and pain.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the disease’s type and progression. Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Decreased mobility
  • Soreness
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Tenderness

If you have arthritis, your affected joints may also feel warm to the touch. 

What causes arthritis?

The most common cause of arthritis is wear and tear on the joints. Overuse, pressure, and repeated friction increase your chances of developing the condition. Other common risk factors for arthritis include:

  • Weight challenges
  • Earlier joint injury
  • Advanced age
  • Underlying disease
  • Certain infections
  • Family history of arthritis
  • Being a woman

The sooner you seek treatment for arthritis, the more likely you are to maintain your mobility and range of motion in your joints.

What are the treatments for arthritis?

Medi-ssage Health offers several nonsurgical, medication-free arthritis treatments, including:


The arthrossage technique is a specialized type of massage that focuses on relieving joint pain, improving mobility, and enhancing athletic performance. An arthrossage can help increase lubrication in the joints and reduce inflammation.

Myofascial release

A myofascial release massage helps relax your muscles, increase circulation, and improve lymphatic drainage to promote healing in your damaged joints.

CBD Clinic™ Level 5

CBD Clinic Level 5 is a powerful pain relief ointment that your medical massage provider at Medi-ssage Health can apply to your affected joints to relieve pain without medication.

To learn more about arthritis, call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online today.