More than 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, with knee osteoarthritis the most common form of the disease. Many osteoarthritis patients seek out massage therapy for relief from pain and stiffness, and previous research shows massage benefits osteoarthritis sufferers. "Knee osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability in the U.S., and women have greater pain and reductions in function and quality of life from this condition than do men," said Mary O'Connor, M.D., chair of the clinic's Department of Orthopedic Surgery. "Knee osteoarthritis is also more common in women than men."
Massage Magazine, 11/19/11