Joint Pain/Massage Therapy/Hot Stone Massage

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   Posted 10/28/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
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 10/28/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I've found neuro-muscular massage to be the most helpful. Cranial-sacral and hot stone, while relaxing, didn't really give much lasting pain relief.

Remember to soak in a hot/warm Epsom salt (or apple cider vinegar) bath afterward - massage stirs up toxins and the soak helps leach them out of your body so you don't get soreness from the massage itself.
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   Posted 10/28/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have found neuro-muscular massage to be very helpful.  I think we tend to guard various parts of our bodies/muscles when there is chronic pain to contend with and over time this causes some mechanical issues that a good therapist can address. 
I also have some anatomical/skeletal issues that would be present with or without autoimmune problems, and addressing those also helps over all.  That said - I have had some bad and very much less than helpful sessions.  It's important to find a good therapist who understands your issues, and doesn't go too gung ho getting into the tissues too deeply, thus causing more pain and problems.  Start slowly. 
A good soak in the tub, LOTS of water to help flush the system, and taking it easy the rest of the day and/or day after a massage helps.    I also have fibro and when I first tried massage, I found that initially, I needed shorter sessions.  An hour was just too much. 

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   Posted 10/31/2010 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
i had a 2 full body messages and while they felt great at the time, the next day I felt like I had been hit by a truck and then chewed up by a shark! It was very painful and took about a week to go away. I never dreamed a massage could make me feel that way so what do I do...I got another massage a few months later! Needless to say, I will never get one again. I think it is a trial and error! You have to see what works best for you. I have read on websites that they are helpful and help and I have also read about people have experiences such as I have had! Guess it depends on your body!!!

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