Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic illness that affects many parts of the body. It is perhaps most well-known for causing joint pain as inflammation attacks cartilage, which has the potential to create damage. People who have RA often use a variety of techniques and tools to deal with their pain, including medication, heat and ice, rest, and more. But they may be wary of massage, worried that it will cause more pain that it relieves. Let’s take a look at RA and massage.