Massage for Psoriasis: Is It Safe?

Psoriasis is a quite common chronic skin condition that causes scaling and inflammation. Massage procedures can reduce the inflammation and provide stress relief to improve the effect from the treatment you can also use phototherapy for skin diseases at the same time.

As many as 30 percent of people with psoriasis also have a psoriatic arthritis, which causes severe pain in the joints. Massage has been shown to reduce joint pain. Massage can be used in reducing stress, which is a common aggravation reason of vitiligo, eczema and other skin diseases.


Here is an information for those, who wants a massage and has psoriasis:

  1. Choose a qualified massage specialist, who has experience in working with psoriasis patients. In this case, you won’t need to explain that the areas of the skin which are red and inflamed shouldn’t be massaged, because it can aggravate the disease.
  2. Psoriasis is not contagious. You can’t catch it during a massage session.
  3. Ask for a Swedish massage, after consulting with your doctor. Swedish massage can increase blood circulation and fortify the immune system. This type of massage includes gentle strokes and light kneading.
  4. Massage oils are important. The one that is used by massage therapist is his professional choice. But more likely it’s a generic type of oil. For achieving the best results it’s better to find a special product, designed for the skin with psoriasis condition.
  5. If you have psoriatic arthritis, you should let your specialist know about it, so he will avoid the areas of inflamed joints, not causing more pain.

The cost of therapeutic massage may vary, depending on the level of the clinic or the area where you live. You should check the price at the place where you are going to have a procedure.

Massage is considered to be safe for people who suffer from psoriasis, because it stimulates blood circulation, reduces joint pain and inflammation. Massage session is a perfect form of stress relief for the psoriasis patients. Complex therapy, including UVB narrow band lamps and massages, is the best way to treat the disease and prevent its aggravations. Don’t forget, that any treatment procedures should be prescribed by the doctor.

Posted: January 10, 2018 by Rachel Snow 1,389
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