Dallas Fort Worth, TX -- Sep 14, 2012 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting 50 million adults and 300,000 children today. The Arthritis Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis, has partnered with Massage Envy, the nation's leading provider of therapeutic massage, to try to eradicate the disease.
"We've partnered together for two years now through a national, one-day fundraising event called Healing Hands for Arthritis, which will take place Sept. 19. On that day, Massage Envy clinics around the nation -- including the 28 DFW clinics -- will donate $10 from every one-hour massage session or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Last year, we raised nearly $500,000, and with the public's help, we hope to raise even more this year," said Lance O'Pry, Massage Envy Regional Developer.
Susan Carter, CEO of the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region, says the partnership between the foundation and Massage Envy is a natural fit.
"We share a common understanding about the devastating effects of arthritis on the body and the potential for massage therapy to relieve some of that pain and limited mobility," said Carter. "Healing Hands for Arthritis also encourages a call to action that allows the entire North Texas community to participate and generate support for the Arthritis Foundation's mission."
Faces of Arthritis, the 1800s: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French Impressionist
The famous French artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, is said to have painted approximately 6,000 pictures in his lifetime, thousands of which he painted while battling rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that causes the immune system to attack the body's tissues. In particular, it attacks the membrane that lines the joints. This causes fluid to build up and results in pain, stiffness, loss of mobility, and in severe cases, damages organs and bones.
Renoir began exhibiting his paintings at the Paris Salon in 1864 and was best known for his portraits, particularly cherub-like women and children and groups of people in casual, happy settings -- themes his paintings retained even after he began suffering from arthritis. He was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis around 1892 and continued painting until his death almost 30 years later.
Renoir's arthritis was so bad that at times he had to use a wheelchair. Some reports also indicate that the disease had deformed his hands to the point that they resembled claws and that he had to have a brush strapped to his fingers to paint. Some accounts say this is an exaggeration -- he merely required an assistant to place the brush in his hand. In any case, arthritis altered his quality of life considerably and reportedly contributed to his death.
Faces of Arthritis, Today: Kathleen Turner, Golden Globe Winner
In the 1980s, Kathleen Turner was one of Hollywood's brightest starlets. She won Golden Globes in 1984 and 1985 for her roles as Joan Wilder in "Romancing the Stone" and Irene Walker in "Prizzi's Honor." She was nominated for the Golden Globe three other times that decade and was nominated for an Academy Award. But while things were going great on the silver screen, Turner's personal life was becoming one of severe pain and loss of mobility -- she was feeling the effects of arthritis and soon dropped out of the limelight.
In 1992, Turner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and over the next several years, she tried a variety of treatments for the disease, yielding minimal results. Finally, new medications were made available that seem to have helped Turner and reportedly contributed to her return to acting.
On its website, the Arthritis Foundation quotes Turner as saying about her battle with arthritis: "It is important to me that people know they have options so they can get some relief from this debilitating disease. I think they'll find a cure in my lifetime. Remember: The earliest you can test for arthritis - do it. It's just a simple blood test."
Other celebrities who have suffered from arthritis include: U.S. gold medalists Dorothy Hamill, Bruce Jenner and Bart Conner; Hall of Fame sport stars Nolan Ryan, Hank Aaron, Wayne Gretsky, Joe Namath and Phil Mickelson; actresses Debbie Allen and Neve Campbell; and comedian Lucille Ball to name a few.
Healing Hands for Arthritis Details
Massage Envy will donate $10 for every one-hour massage session and facial provided on Wednesday, Sept. 19. During the Healing Hands for Arthritis event, Massage Envy will offer its one-hour massages for its introductory rate of $49 and its one-hour facials at $59. All donations will support the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases. To participate in Healing Hands for Arthritis, visit MassageEnvy.com and set up an appointment.
About Massage Envy
Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has nearly 800 locations in 45 states. The company was recently ranked #57 in Entrepreneur's 2012 Franchise 500 and #29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was recently named a Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.
About The Arthritis Foundation
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (Arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.
28 Massage Envy - Dallas/Fort Worth Locations
Massage Envy Prestonwood - 5225 Belt Line Rd., Suite 250, Addison, TX 75254 (972) 388-5500
Massage Envy SPA Allen - 816 W. McDermott Dr., Suite 340, Allen, TX 75013 (972) 747-7511
Massage Envy Arlington Highlands- 3900 Arlington Highlands Blvd., Suite 125, Arlington, TX 76018 (817) 465-3456
Massage Envy Hebron at Old Denton - 1001 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75007 (972) 939-6868
Massage Envy Colleyville - 5615 Colleyville Blvd., Suite 470, Colleyville, TX 76034 (817) 427-ENVY (3689)
Massage Envy Coppell - 120 S. Denton Tap Rd., Suite 303, Coppell, TX 75019 (972) 956-5999
Massage Envy SPA Corinth - 4251 Swisher Road, Corinth, TX 76210 (940) 387-2300
Massage Envy Campbell @ Preston - 17194 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75248 (972) 818-ENVY (3689)
Massage Envy SPA Casa Linda - 9440 Garland Rd., Suite 174, Dallas, TX 75218 (972) 993-3333
Massage Envy Old Town- 5500 Greenville Ave., Suite 404, Dallas, TX 75206 (214) 575-ENVY (3689)
Massage Envy Uptown at West Village - 3699 McKinney Ave., Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75204 (214) 522-2727
Massage Envy Flower Mound - 950 Parker Square, Flower Mound, TX 75028 (972) 899-3610
Massage Envy SPA Alliance Town Center - 3100 Texas Sage Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76177 (817) 337-7300
Massage Envy Fort Worth - Hulen - 3000 S. Hulen, Suite 153, Fort Worth, TX 76109 (817) 732-7200
Massage Envy Stonebriar - 3685 Preston Rd., Suite 159, Frisco, TX 75034 (972) 370-ENVY (3689)
Massage Envy SPA Frisco North - 5105 Eldorado Parkway, Suite 100, Frisco, TX 75034 (972) 370-ENVY (3689)
Massage Envy SPA Firewheel Market -- 4430 Lavon Dr.. Suite 310, Garland, TX 75040 (972) 675-ENVY (3689)
Massage Envy SPA South 360 - 5232 S. State Highway 360, Suite 610, Grand Prairie, TX 75052 (817) 303-ENVY (3689)
Massage Envy Las Colinas - 975 W. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 112, Irving, TX 75039 (972) 556-0777
Massage Envy Craig Ranch- 8950 State Highway 121, Suite 340, McKinney, TX 75070 (972) 370-ENVY (3689)
Massage Envy Eldorado Parkway - 2890 Craig Dr., Suite #120, McKinney, TX 75070 (214) 544-ENVY (3689)
Massage Envy Murphy Marketplace - 223 E. Farm Rd. 544, Suite 801, Murphy, TX 75094 (972) 354-8888
Massage Envy SPA -- Preston Park Village 1900 Preston Road, Suite 201, Plano TX 75093 (972) 964-0600
Massage Envy Spring Creek at Hwy. 75 - 6101 Avenue K, Suite #160, Plano, TX 75074 (972) 516-8888
Massage Envy SPA Rockwall - 2931 Ridge Rd., Suite 111, Rockwall, TX 75032 (972) 722-9595
Massage Envy SPA Rowlett - 4301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 600, Rowlett, TX 75089 (972) 463-0101
Massage Envy Southlake East - 100 N. Kimball, Suite 108, Southlake, TX 76092 (817) 421-6727
Massage Envy Southlake West - 250 Randol Mill Ave., Suite 100, Southlake, TX 76092 (817) 562-4433