Bone Spurs aka Osteophytes in Massage Therapy Practice

Bone Spurs aka Osteophytes in Massage Therapy Practice

Bone Spurs aka Osteophytes:

  • Are Usually Smooth in Texture
  • May Not be Painful
  • Commonly Caused by Osteoarthritis
  • Ligaments in an aging spine can thicken and calcify, resulting in bone “spur” formation


Arthritis or Any Swelling is Usually Considered a Massage Therapy Contraindication


WebMD Lists “Massage Therapy” as the #1 Alternative Therapy to Treat Spinal Osteoarthritis in 2017

Spinal Osteoarthritis

  • Regularly occurs in spinal facet joints.
  • A degenerative joint disease.
  • Protective cartilage surrounding bones (providing cushioning) degenerates.
  • Can cause swelling and/or pain.
  • Treatment is geared toward relieving the symptoms of pain and increasing a person's ability to function.

There are several “non-pharmacological” treatments available for osteoarthritis:

  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Heat or cold compresses, which refers to placing ice or heated compresses onto the affected joint (check with a physician about which option, or which combination of heat and cold options, is best for you.)
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) onto the affected area
  • Nutritional supplements

Always consult with client’s treating physician for significant medical conditions.


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