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I've just got back from my GP who has recommended that I have reflexology for my pain and to relax me (I get quite anxious). Has anyone found this helpful? She also said that massage isn't recommended for Lupus...has anyone else been told this?

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That is soooooooooooo weird - I have just come back from a reflexology session and was going to post as to whether anyone else had tried it.

The reflexologist "worked on my chest today!" and, although I am willing to accept that it may be a placebo effect, my chest doesn't hurt when I breathe in and out. HOW GOOD IS THAT!!

Am very sceptical and my symptoms don't seem half as bad as some of you others but I am definitely feeling better.

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Thanks for the info - I think I will give it ago. Naively I thought it was just your hands and feet that reflexology applies to...I didn't realise that they work on other parts of your body as well!
 

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Hi Meriel,

I have to admit that I know absolutely nothing about reflexology!

I just wanted to comment on what your Gp said about massage. It is true that deep tissue massage is not necessarily recommended as it can release toxins and therefore trigger a flare of your lupus. However, I think that it very much depends on how the massage is carried out and how you yourself react to it.

My physio gives me very light massage and it certainly doesn't flare anything up. That said, I would be wary of going to a massage place and trust my physio. It is also recommended to drink plenty after massage to eliminate toxins.

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Hi Katherine

Thanks for the advice about the massage. I didn't know about the release of toxins - I am learning lots on this site :). The last couple of times I have been to my GP I've been really disheartened by her lack of knowledge about Lupus. Anyway, today she said some stuff, including about the massage, that makes me think that she has been reading up on Lupus which is reassuring.

I will let you know how I find the reflexology.

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hi reflexoligy is wonderful
i would really recomend it to anyone
remember to drink lots of water afterwards to fluch out ayour system
i also go for a massage from time to time and this helps me with mussle pain
i think any thing that can help you relex and feel human again i worth it
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Hey Meriel,

I've never had reflexology, but my mum (who has problems with several disks on her back) was sent to a reflexologist 4-5 years ago by her ortho. She had a couple of sessions a week for about a year. I don't know if it helped the actual disk problems any, but it did relax her and it helped her back pain immensely!

Hope the reflexology sessions help you loads!! :bigsmile:

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as far as I know reflexology is hands and feet - I have a chart of both hands and feet and which marks out which part of the hand/foot represents what.

The gospel according to Wikipedia says .....

Reflexology, or zone therapy, is the practice of massaging, squeezing, or pushing on parts of the feet, or sometimes the hands and ears, with the goal of encouraging a beneficial effect on other parts of the body, or to improve general health.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflexology

best of luck with your treatment

raglet
 
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