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Celebrities with Arthritis. Massages for a cause!

For the past two years massage envy has been participating in an event to raise awareness and funds to fight arthritis. Nationwide they have raised over $1 million for the Arthritis Foundation! (How awesome is that!)

What they do, is donate $10 from EVERY one-hour massage. This year they are taking reservations for the cause on September 18th. In central Florida you can participate at all 13 of our locations! These include: Altamonte Springs, Clermont, Downtown/SODO, Dr. Phillips, Gainesville, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Mary/Sanford, Oviedo, Port Orange, Viera, Waterford Lakes, Winter Garden, and Winter Park.

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Did you know Lucille ball dealt with Rheumatoid Arthritis from the age of 17? Did you know that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder? (You’re immune system accidentally attacks your own body). Other autoimmune disorders include diseases like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus, Graves Disease, and Diabetes Type 1. 

The point is, arthritis isn’t just the 50-60 somethings you see on commercials that can’t sew and put their hobby planes together anymore.It  is an incredibly painful disease that can even lead to joint deformation and bone corrosion.

Help Massage Envy take this stance for victims of arthritis and book a massage! Not only will you feel great from a day at a spa, you can rest assured that you’re relaxing for a cause.

For more info, visit http://www.massageenvy.com/healing-hands-for-arthritis. See you there!

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Massage Envy To Host Healing Hands for Arthritis Event

Massage Envy is gearing up to host the annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event on Wednesday, September 19. All Massage Envy locations nationwide, including 12 central Florida locations, will partner up with the Arthritis Foundation for the event to help raise awareness and funds for the organization.

“There’s no easier way to give back than to treat yourself, a friend or family member to a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or facial,” said Adam Toporek, Regional Developer for Massage Envy in Central Florida. “We welcome the Central Florida community to join us on September 19 to help fight arthritis, a disease that affects 50 million Americans and is America’s leading cause of disability.”

All day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 19, Massage Envy will donate $10 from every one-hour massage and facial session to the Arthritis Foundation. In addition, Murad—Massage Envy’s exclusive skincare partner—will donate 10 percent of all sales of products sold at Massage Envy on the day.

Those who wish to participate are encouraged to make an appointment by calling the nearest Massage Envy location or visiting the website at http://www.massageenvy.com to schedule an appointment.

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest national nonprofit organization supporting more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Since its founding in 1948, the foundation has funded more than $450 million in research grants making it the largest private, nonprofit contributor to arthritis research in the world.

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is a very painful condition in which one or more of a person’s joints are inflamed. This campaign is to educate people on facts and prevention of the condition.

Affecting more than 50 million Americans, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. The condition is used to describe more than 100 diseases which affect a person’s joints, the area where two bones meet.

Arthritis is the result of a breakdown of cartilage. Joints are typically protected by cartilage, which allow them to move easily. Without an efficient amount of cartilage, the bones rub together causing severe discomfort, swelling, and stiffness.

There are two major types of arthritis. The first is Osteoarthritis, where the joint cartilage breaks down and causes pain and stiffness. The second type, Rheumatoid arthritis, is more severe and is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the membrane surrounding the joints, and can lead to joint destruction.

There are many different causes of arthritis; however, there are no known cures for it. The Arthritis Foundation is a non-profit organization working towards finding a cure through education and research.

Although there are no known cures, there are many types of treatment to help reduce pain, improve joint function, and prevent further damage. The types of treatment include exercise programs, such as muscle toning and aerobic activity. Along with this, physical therapy may be recommended. Heating or icing the area, support joints or splints, and massages are proven to help reduce inflammation and pain.

In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, make sure you get plenty of sleep each night, at least 8 to 10 hours. You should also stay active, make sure you include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and participate in stress-reducing activities such as yoga or meditation.