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temporal arthritis

Discussion in 'Indian Head Massage' started by qzeoanxt, Feb 22, 2011.

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  1. qzeoanxt

    qzeoanxt New Member

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    Hi all,
    I am hoping to do an indian head massage course in the not to distant future and was wondering if temporal arthritis is contraindicated for treatment?, I often give my father reflexology that he loves and was hoping to get this to try out on him as wel. Any feedback much appreciated
     
  2. Pompal 09.

    Pompal 09. Active Member

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    I would say 'do it' but avoid the area that is affected as it may become sore or cause pain if you use a bit too much pressure. My OH had TA, but after a few years (yep - years) on steroids he is now pain free, with occasional twinges that are controlled with plain old paracetemol. It is a part of his life that he never wants to repeat - I so know what your Dad is going through.
     
  3. yogirl66

    yogirl66 Member

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    Hi there

    I have TA and polymyalgia. Well, I would say don't treat. Even if the condition is kept under control with steroids, which i guess it is, there may still be inflammation, I would avoid treating with IHM. You could go lightly over certain areas and adapt the treatment but speaking as someone with this condition, the last thing I would do is book myself an Indian Head Massage! Ask your course tutor, bearing in mind TA is fairly uncommon, on my course we were told contraindication was Epilepsy and I think that's all.

    I would say Reflexology is a much better option for him

    good luck with the course, I'm sure you'll enjoy it
     
  4. Shep

    Shep Member

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    Thank you both for the replies, I guess I was right to question given such conflicting answers! Dad's been like this and on alot of steroids for aprox 8 years, and while undergoing courses of reflexology treatment his tablets are normally reduced, which is good. Trouble is he wont stop smoking (like a chimney!!!) and it's definetly not doing him any favours. He enjoys the reflexology and helps greatly with his circulation.
     
  5. loihgqts

    loihgqts New Member

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    May I suggest the advice of a nutritional therapist could make all the difference. There are dietary strategies that can reduce inflammatory levels and this along with the reflexology may make life easier for him.
     
  6. wonderlandxo

    wonderlandxo New Member

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    He knows what he should be doing, I've told him a million times, but some people just refuse to help themselves I'm affraid! But thanks for the advice, but with him I bang my head against the wall and just try to make it as comfortable for him as possible, yet he does little to help himself.
     

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