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What is the hands-on treatment for psoriatic arthritis?

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Massage may loosen muscles, ease pain and stiffness, and help you relax your joints. Spas and clinics offer massages, or you could have a massage therapist come to your home. Acupuncture and acupressure may also ease your pain. In acupuncture, the therapist inserts tiny, thin needles into specific spots on your body related to your pain. An acupressure therapist presses firmly into your skin with fingers instead. Ask your doctor to help you find a good therapist. You should also tell them about your condition before you begin treatment.

SOURCES:

Sharon Mayo, health educator, National Psoriasis Foundation.

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, dermatologist-in-chief, Tufts Medical Center.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Complementary and Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Sharon Mayo, health educator, National Psoriasis Foundation.

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, dermatologist-in-chief, Tufts Medical Center.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Complementary and Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 11, 2017

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