Some of us are very fragile, and walking, just to the mailbox, is a HUGE deal. So I believe some of these very, very ill people would not necessarily be well-served by the exercises you mention, Bill. That doesn't preclude trying a bit from time to time to see what the results are, but we can only talk of our own experiance here, not prescribe for anyone else.
However, we were not talking about
exercise, we were talking about
deep tissue massage. I have seen well-documented medical reports from both sides -- that it may be counter-indicated for lupus, that it may be helpful to lupus. I personally have one massage therapist who I would trust with deep tissue no matter what, and others who try to go deep without working their way into the muscle first, that I would not visit at all since lupus - no way, no how.
I dated 2 massage therapists for a total of about
6 years, and read the information they'd had in the house -- some of the literature is very cautious about
massage for immune-compromised individuals. It's one of the many aspects of our illnesses that have no well-defined, permanent answer that works for everyone.
I would advise that if you've never had deep-tissue massage, that you find a really good, well-qualified person, and work up to deep massage over a series of appointments. Basically, check it out slowly and see what works for you. Also, if you are very ill with lots of meds -- maybe see if your doctor has any reservations about
Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
SLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, Raynaud's Syndrome, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1
15 5mg), Piroxicam, Xanax, Trazodone, Boniva, Wellbutrin, Valtrex, Vicodin, Prilosec
Links: Diagnosing Lupus (4 of 11), Lupus.org Info, Lupus Resources, Help HealingWell, Drug Interactions
Life is far too important to be taken seriously. –Oscar Wilde, 1882