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Dobcross1
Dobcross1
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Hi could I please ask for experiences of complementary therapies you have tried with RA. I've had Reiki and that's fine but want to try reflexology and massage both of which I had pre RA symptoms. It might sound a bit pathetic but I'm scared reflexology could trigger a flare so am hesitate to have it at the moment. Grateful for anyone's experiences.

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weymouth321

Hi , I’ve been taking regular sessions of Reflexology just over a year now ; every 5 weeks or so, ( diagnosed with severe RA 10 years ago), am 62, have helped lots in coping : pain bearable ; take paracetamol as and when, but not so much with the fatigue, tends to return after few days ; thereafter spending 80% daily lead on sofa. Has helped lots with the anxiety though ; she’s great to talk over any problems with whilst working on my feet.

Yes, she’d suddenly hit on a very sensitive and painful spot on my feet , for example relating to my back, then massage that spot to release the pain. In the early days , I’d get home and fall asleep either on the sofa or bed for a good hour.

This reflexologist charged £40 per hour, worked from her home , so usually ran over , but didn’t charge extra. ( always had one and half hours ). She’s been qualified reflexologist for good 30 - 40 years, so take your time and do lots research first. Hope this helps.

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Dobcross1

That's good to hear. Thanks so much. Glad its helped you.

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cpetry

Hi! I've been diagnosed less than two years ago. I was having both massages and reflexology at the time, and I stop reflexology because it was too painful for me; massages, however, helped me to relax (provided you have someone you trust, because once or twice I went to a spa and it was a nightmare, they are not prepared to treat you differently) . I found that even though they didn't stop my pain it was a time where I could rest and think of something nice.

I still do Reiki and sauna, those are the two best things that work for me. The swimming pool was ok too but nowadays I'm with very low energy levels and I just need to sleep.

All the best! Cheers!

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Dobcross1
Dobcross1
in reply to cpetry

Thank you. Yes I've found reiki great too!

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Hattie23

Reflexology harmless and wonderful. But youneed a good practioner. I love it

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Dobcross1
Dobcross1
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Thank you.

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Sarahd1609

I have acupuncture. Have had it for 2 years. It was firstly meant to be got the pain but she began concentrating on energy levels and depression I suffered from constantly being unwell. It’s meant i haven’t needed any antidepressants. Talk to you rheumy but if you do go for it, keep an open mind. Good luck xx

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Dobcross1

Thank you I didnt think of acupuncture but I'm going to look into it.

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holly-willow

I found it helpful to go to a leisure pool where you just stepped into the water by shallow steps. I can't swim but did exercises in there and also loved going in the hot tub there as well. However, since having ruptured tendons in my shoulders, I am now unable to dress and undress without help so I can't go any more. I really miss it.

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Dobcross1

Oh I'm so sorry you can't go at the moment. Thanks so much for the tip.

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Pulfs

I have reflexology every 5wks she also gives me an Indian head massage which also takes in my shoulders, it's so relaxing. The reflexology shows up the areas that are sore and after she has worked these feel a good. Drink plenty of water after to flush out toxins. I'm lucky it's a good friend that comes to my house so I just stretch out on sofa after she's gone . Hope you find a good therapist xx

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Dobcross1
Dobcross1
in reply to Pulfs

Thanks. You've given me confidence to try it. The lady I went to pre RA was good so I'll go and have a word with her.

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mistymeana

It might be worth looking for a prectitioner who specialises in light/gentle touch reflexology, which you might be able to tolerate better. If you go to the Association of Reflexologists (AOR) or Professional Reflexologists websites they list fully qualified and vetted therapists in your area, along with their specialities.

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Dobcross1

That's great info, thanks very much I'll do that.

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