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Is Massage Safe for Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-10-15 15:01

Patient: My dad has Polycystic Kidney Disease and too much straining and lifting causes his cysts to break, causing blood clots, much like kidney stones. It causes him extreme pain and they are hard for him to pass. My question is I am in massage therapy school and I am wondering if it was safe to give him a massage. If no, what therapy do you recommend?

Is Massage Safe for Polycystic Kidney DiseaseDoctor: To be honest, whether a Polycystic Kidney Disease patient can have a massage depends on the specific condition. It may be possible and beneficial to them as massage can help them to relax and reduce mental stress. But the most important thing is to choose the right type of massage and the focus of it should be gentle and supportive. In addition, try to avoid give a hard press on kidney location, so as to avoid rupture of more kidney cysts.

Massage is helpful for Polycystic Kidney Disease to some extent, but it can not resolve problem radically. You know kidney cyst bursts easily when they become very large and this may cause them to have pain feeling in kidney location. Seeing from this point of view, shrinking kidney cyst plays an important part in treating Polycystic Kidney Disease. As for the treatment that can help to shrink kidney cyst, Chinese medicine is recommended. Chinese medicine has history more than 5000 years and has been used to treat various refractory illnesses in medicine. There are different types of Chinese medicine and they work differently in treating kidney disease. For some Chinese herbs, they show obvious effects in expanding blood vessels, blocking inflammation and preventing coagulation and degrading. With these herbs, pressure outside the cyst can be decreased to the level that is lower than that inside the cyst. In this way, fluid inside the cyst can be reduce effectively. As long as kidney cysts are shrunk, rupture of kidney cyst is prevented and also kidney pain is alleviated effectively.

Any questions, about massage for Polycystic Kidney Disease, please feel free to contact us again: kidney-treatment@hotmail.com.

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