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amy green 27-04-2013 05:00 PM

High Blood Pressure & Massage
 
I went to make an appointment today for lymphatic drainage massage and, more as an afterthought, enquired about whether it would affect my having high blood pressure. (I was concerned about feeling whoozy afterwards as I once was with acupuncture). I'm glad I asked! I learnt that massage is not advisable for those who have high blood pressure.

Just to be sure I googled search and found lots of confirmation on this - here is one such source

http://www.integrative-healthcare.or...ension_ma.html

Kylie<3 29-04-2013 05:47 PM

I'm a massage therapist and I've NEVER heard of this. I attended the number 1 school in the US for massage therapy and we are taught that massage is good for high blood pressure, as it relaxes your nervous system and lowers your blood pressure. May I suggest looking into KYOLIC Garlic odorless capsules for High BP. It's all natural and will immediately lower your blood pressure.

Kylie<3 29-04-2013 05:52 PM

From what I gathered from the link, it's saying that high BP is a notable contraindication but it's very effective in lowering blood pressure.

amy green 29-04-2013 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Kylie<3
I'm a massage therapist and I've NEVER heard of this. I attended the number 1 school in the US for massage therapy and we are taught that massage is good for high blood pressure, as it relaxes your nervous system and lowers your blood pressure. May I suggest looking into KYOLIC Garlic odorless capsules for High BP. It's all natural and will immediately lower your blood pressure.

Really - you never heard that high blood pressure is a contraindication to massage? As I say in my OP, just doing a google search will reveal this info on many sites, i.e. it's not my opinion.

I would like to quantify this with further info. MLD (manual lymphatic drainage) is safe to proceed with (if you have chronic high blood pressure) pending the O.K from consultation with your GP.

Re. garlic and blood pressure. Yes I am familiar with its effect but it is not recommended that medication should be stopped, i.e. as a substitute.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11767440

Kylie<3 29-04-2013 06:02 PM

No, I know that high BP is a contraindication. But I've never heard that its not recommended to get a massage because of it, which is what I thought you were stating in your original post...? I know that you should get approval from the clients physician before proceeding.

Right you shouldn't stop your high BP medicine but garlic is an all natural way of treating the high BP and can be supplemented in with the medication and with doctors help you can start to come off the medication and use only garlic. If that's something you're interested in. If not, that's absolutely fine. :) just didn't know if you knew the benefits of garlic, alot of people I come across do not.

amy green 29-04-2013 07:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Kylie<3
From what I gathered from the link, it's saying that high BP is a notable contraindication but it's very effective in lowering blood pressure.

Exactly - this thread is about those who have high blood pressure and massage.

amy green 29-04-2013 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Kylie<3
No, I know that high BP is a contraindication. But I've never heard that its not recommended to get a massage because of it, which is what I thought you were stating in your original post...? I know that you should get approval from the clients physician before proceeding.

Right you shouldn't stop your high BP medicine but garlic is an all natural way of treating the high BP and can be supplemented in with the medication and with doctors help you can start to come off the medication and use only garlic. If that's something you're interested in. If not, that's absolutely fine. :) just didn't know if you knew the benefits of garlic, alot of people I come across do not.

It seems to depend on the type of massage, i.e. deep tissue is more likely to be ruled out. As indicated above, MLD could be viable following GP's consultation.

Yes I really like garlic. I will look into the feasibility of coming off the medication (which I loathe taking) and taking the garlic supplement....not optimistic though - orthodox medicine has a low view of natural therapies (as you probably know).

LPC 03-05-2013 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by amy green
I will look into the feasibility of coming off the medication (which I loathe taking) and taking the garlic supplement....not optimistic though - orthodox medicine has a low view of natural therapies (as you probably know).

Yes, that is quite true. However, herbs can definitely help with high blood pressure. My mother was on a cocktail of blood pressure pills prescribed by her doctor. After a few years, her kidney function results were poor. She also suffered terribly from swollen ankles (a common side effect with some medications).

I got some herbal capsules specially for blood pressure, a blend of garlic, olive leaves, lime flowers and hawthorn. At first, we kept her on the doctor's medication, but as her blood pressure dropped (we have an armband to check daily), we gradually reduced the doctor's medication. The result? She is now almost off prescription medicines and taking the herbal capsules three times a day. Her cholesterol levels have dropped, too.

Here are two helpful pages about herbal remedies:
http://www.naturalnews.com/035689_me..._pressure.html
and
http://www.nativeremedies.com/articl...-pressure.html

Worth a thought?

Best wishes to you for good health!

amy green 03-05-2013 05:01 PM

Thanks LPC but I already know about herbs for HBP. It's a question of at what level of HBP are they effective and what quantity, e.g. 3g cardamom powder sounds a lot! I have always wanted to bypass my doctor's opinion and go down the herbal route (probably via a herbalist) but I can't play around with my health since I am a full time carer.

LPC 03-05-2013 07:15 PM

The net should provide the answers you seek about dosage. Why not try taking a "light" dose of herbs at first, in addition to your doctor's medication rather than instead of it? But I understand your situation and your apprehension.


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