Massaging painful areas brings warmth and relaxation. If you, a loved one or friend massages your joints be sure to keep some simple guidelines in mind.
* Stop the massage if you begin to feel any pain.
* Don’t massage a joint that is very swollen or painful
* Use lotion or oil to help your or another’s hands glide over your skin
* If you use a menthol or gel always remove it before using a heat treatment to prevent burns
(Source: Arthritis Foundation)