I've taken a few massage classes. It was great, we would give each other massages during the lab part of the classes. Our department head would lecture us all the time about
the negative effects of steroids and cortisone shots. He would say that cortisone shoots provide some relief initially; however, they age the joints.
You should tell your massage therapist if you have taken steroids, especially if you have bone issues as a result. You should also tell your massage therapist about
any medications you are taking, any ailments you may have, and any pain you may be experiencing. Your massage therapist will then make an assessment as to whether or not he/she can give you a massage and if so whether or not there are any areas, he/she should not massage.
A few contraindications include:
Osteoporosis - No massage or gentle massage depending on condition of bones - bones could break
Infection/inflammation - No massage - the infection/inflammation could spread
Coronary Artery Disease - No massage - a blood clot could get released into the blood stream
Acute injury - may need to stay away from area depending on extent of injury
Pacemaker - do not massage near any pacemakers!!
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.
Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)
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