May Newsletter

Psoriasis patients often state that their condition has a major impact on their quality of life. Routine activities many take for granted such as outdoor jogging, haircuts and even massages are often anxiety provoking events for psoriasis patients who wish to not have to show their arms or legs in public or explain their skin to a stylist or masseuse. However, the benefits of massage to psoriasis patients, and psoriatic arthritis patients, is known. Below are alternative therapies advocated by many patients with psoriasis. At DTLA Derm, we are committed to helping our psoriasis patients achieve an improvement in their psoriasis and quality of life.

We are currently enrolling patients in the Psoriasis Corrona Registry. Participating patients can provide a living history of their condition. It is estimated that it will take about ten minutes to complete the questionnaires at your regularly scheduled visits. Participating patients receive a gift card at each study viist. 

Acupressure and Acupuncture

With roots in ancient China, both techniques utilize healing points with either pressure or fine needles. There is no scientific evidence that either can control pain associated with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, but some people may find it beneficial. A large scale review published in the September 2012 Archives of Internal Medicine shows positive results when using acupuncture to treat chronic pain conditions. Should you decide to try acupuncture (or acupressure) it is important to visit licensed acupuncturist. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help you find a professional in your area.


Reiki is an ancient energy healing system that was introduced by a physician in Japan in the early 1900s. Reiki is a relaxation technique that uses healing touch by placing his or her hands on meridian positions of the body. You also can learn to practice Reiki on yourself.

To find a Reiki practitioner in your area, visit the International Center for Reiki Training.


This technique manipulates superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, improve lymph circulation and promote relaxation. During a massage the licensed massage therapist may use a variety of techniques to loosen and stretch muscles and joints. Massage can be beneficial for those with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, especially since stress can cause flares of psoriasis. If done correctly, it could be a way to apply powerful topical medicines in an effective manner. However, many people encounter barriers when it comes to getting a massage as the therapist may think it is contagious, they may use irritating lotion on the skin or cupping which may induce psoriasis spots.

Rachael L. Cayce, MD Founder DTLA Derm

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