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Joint Pain/Massage Therapy/Hot Stone Massage

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#1 JeniGreat



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Posted 28 October 2010 - 04:33 AM

I'm curious...Has anyone tried massage therapy for joint pain? I've read on a couple of the massage therapy websites that the Hot Stone Massage is supposed to help with joint pain. I'm curious as to how true that is. Please share your expierences with massage therapy and the type of massage therapies that you have tried.


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Posted 28 October 2010 - 05:37 AM

Hello Jeni

Although we don't specifically have information about hot stone massage we do have some information about massage that you might find helpful.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:27 AM

I've had stone massage therapy twice. Both times I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of me. I was relaxed and felt great all that day and most of the next day before pains and aches started up again. You feel so relaxed and almost worn out when the session is over. I felt slightly weakened all over. But, it felt great to be so flexible and limber feeling. Maybe that is where we could use the saying that I felt weak as a kitten. Any body massage makes a person feel so relaxed afterwards. I just wish the prices were more reasonable so I could have a massage once a month or better yet once a week. Ha! Jeni Welcome to ISN forums. I hope you find many great friendships here.
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 01:43 PM

Hi Jeni,

Like Sheryl says, any massage feels so good. Provided it's tolerated well; sometimes it can make things like fibromyalgia worse, or better, depending on how muscles respond to the particular type of massage. There are times when I can't tolerate even the slightest touch, and other times when a light massage is super.

Although I feel better and more relaxed after any sort of tolerated mild massage, the general effects seem to wear off for me after a few hours or days, at most. So I'd doubt that any sort of massage would help joint pain long term. But during massage, many endorphins are released and for however long they remain elevated, we are going to feel better, I'd guess.

That's all entirely unscientific and I have no medical training at all. I wouldn't say anything was worthless just because the effects are short-lived, though, because even a few minute's relief from any sort of chronic pain is worth it. It's like having an illness vacation -- a few minutes, hours, or days of bliss, to be cherished and remembered.
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 02:44 PM

Hi Jeni,

I have had a couple of regular body massages but no stone therapy. Sounds wonderful though! I'm with Sheryl, I can't afford massage. I think more insurance plans needs to cover it because it is SO helpful!

Anyway, welcome to the forums and let us know if you get one how it goes!

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 06:24 PM

I really haven't had any joint pain, which I attribute to a combination of Physical and Occupational Therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and massage therapy. I did all those things for five years on a weekly or twice weekly basis. All but the massage therapy were covered by my insurance. That I had done at my chiropractor's office at a much lower rate than most facilities. I figured since I was on disability and not buying clothes for work or driving the long distances daily that I could afford this splurge. One of my massage therapists used hot stones. I never had a full hot stone massage, but she would put small stones between my toes and have me hold large ones in my hands during the massage. And you can image, with Raynaud's, how good that felt! She would also rub my feet with hot stones. When she left and a new person came on, my chiropractor asked me how she was. I had been through several so I knew that each was different, but I mentioned that I missed the hot stones. He ordered them for her to use with me!!! She tried, but it wasn't really her technique.

I have stopped these therapies since my kidney transplant. I now have a prescription for short term OT because my scleroderma specialist doesn't like the way one of my fingers is retracting, and another prescription for PT because I've been having some shoulder pain for awhile. I have been procrastinating going back because they are so time consuming. I haven't returned to chiropractic for two reasons, one is the pressure on my wound when being adjusted, and another is because of the prednisone and how it weakens the bones. Same with massage, I am just now able to lay on my stomach for short periods.

I have noticed that I have stiffness that I never had before, and although I wouldn't describe it as joint pain, feel achey. For the five years I had these therapies they were what got me up in the morning and kept me active and made me interact with other people, otherwise I probably would have just laid around waiting for dialysis time. My therapists and chiropractor are great with me and are aware that I am not like an ordinary person and have to be treated gently. If you decide on any kind of massage therapy, make sure your therapist treats you gently, deep pressure massage can do more harm than good, I found.

Now all I have to do is make my appointments!

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 09:22 PM

Hi Jeni,

I am very fortunate in being able to attend a Hand Clinic at our local hospital every Monday morning - there are a few gadgets which allows some gentle stretches but the main reason for attending is the hand massage from an Occupational Therapist. I struggled at the beginning with swelling almost immediately after but now after 3 months really look forward to the relief this massage brings.

I would love to find someone to bring the same relief to my feet - they don't have a foot clinic at hospital unfortunately and I am quite sure my boss wouldn't be too keen on me running out of the office every day for massage!!

If you try the hot stone massage let us know how you get on. Hope it brings you some relief.

Best wishes to you