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shingles and massage?

topic posted Wed, October 19, 2005 - 10:14 PM by  matthew
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Anyone know about the benefits or contraindications of massage for someone who has shingles?
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matthew
SF Bay Area
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  • Massage is contraindicated during an acute attack. The blisters contain the active virus,which is contagious. The only possible kind of massage not contrainidicated might be gentle, passive stretching.

    There is pain that lasts after the rash has cleared that massge can benefit. In the elderly who may be taking analgesics, massage should be especially gentle.
    • what are shingles?
      and how often do you encounter clients with commnicable skin issues?

      thanks!
      • Shingles is a version of the herpes virus that causes chicken pox. It can be very painful and includes an initial outbreak of blistering. It occurs more often in elderly people. It generally affects one area of the body only. There can be quite a bit of pain that lingers after the initial rash is gone.

        It is my understanding that shingles is not contagious as shingles (ie, you can't get shingles from someone who has shingles), but that someone who has not had chicken pox or the vaccine can contract chicken pox from someone with shingles via skin contact. Anyone heard differently?

        (and thanks for the info, DeAnna)
        • I think you are right, the book isn't more specific. I have had shingles and was in way too much pain to be touched by anyone!!

          I did find this, which confirms that it is only contagious to those who have not had chicken pox.

          www.medinfo.co.uk/condition...ngles.html

          If you have shingles you should stay away from other people until the blisters have dried (usually about seven days), as there are virus particles in the blister fluid. The risk is that people who have not had chickenpox might catch that from you.
      • I think a more common contagious skin condition is scabies. It is particularly difficult because if one hasn't had it before, it can take 6 weeks to show symptoms, which are hard to differentiate from poison oak.

        It is often passed on by children.

        I did talk to my doctor about this because a close friend who is a massage therapist got scabies and she didn't know where she got it. He said that as long as you thoroughly wash any area that has skin to skin contact with someone, the chances of getting it are low.

        www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/p...t_scabies.htm

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