Vibration and massage therapy

Posted by bulgebattler @bulgebattler, Feb 20, 2019

Are vibration therapy and massages of any benefit against neuropathy?

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@johnbishop

Hello @ina3, I have no medical training or background but expect that the answer to your question is your dad would need to see a neurologist at a major hospital or health provider like Mayo Clinic where a team of specialists can look at the different health symptoms and come up with a diagnosis. Even then it could end up being idiopathic like mine is. This short video by Matthew B Jensen Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Wisconsin that gives a good explanation of how the different neuropathies are diagnosed.

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Thanks John. You are so helpful for me and I surely appreciate it. I have recently seen a physiotherapist who assessed stenosis for pain occurring in my left thigh. She advised that there is no cure for it but I continue to research info on it. This video gives a good grounding for understanding what is going on so much appreciated. I will be following up with her for exercises to strengthen my core muscles as I also have 2 hernias in my stomach area and a couple of herniated discs in the lumbar area. So I want to learn as much as I can on all of this and the video gives a great jumping off point

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@bulgebattler

Thanks John. You are so helpful for me and I surely appreciate it. I have recently seen a physiotherapist who assessed stenosis for pain occurring in my left thigh. She advised that there is no cure for it but I continue to research info on it. This video gives a good grounding for understanding what is going on so much appreciated. I will be following up with her for exercises to strengthen my core muscles as I also have 2 hernias in my stomach area and a couple of herniated discs in the lumbar area. So I want to learn as much as I can on all of this and the video gives a great jumping off point

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Glad to help @bulgebattler! There is another discussion here on Connect that you may be interested in joining.

> Groups > Neuropathy > Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) for treating compression and pain
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

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I find myself massaging my toes and feet every time I have a free moment, just to make sure that they are still there. I know this is good for my hands as well, since I have polyneuropathy. But I’d love to find something not terribly expensive that would work to stimulate my mostly numb toes and feet.

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Hi @stefspad Back in the seventies we bought a thing called (at the time) a "footsie roller", and I see something similar on Amazon now. Basically it has firm grooves and you roll it under your feet and toes. Take a look: https://smile.amazon.com/Wooden-Roller-Body-Back-Company/dp/B000KK2RJC/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=footsie+roller&qid=1598551004&sr=8-5

There is also a thing my wife used to put between her toes for her PN. I could not find the exact same thing but here is something similar from Amazon:
https://smile.amazon.com/Pedi-Soother-Solutions-Arch-Support/dp/B07CQP6Z3F/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=toe+spreader+for+neuropathy&qid=1598551219&sr=8-5
Maybe someone else knows how to find the other thing for putting between the toes that might be better. That's all I've got, hope it may help. Best, Hank

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@stefspad

I find myself massaging my toes and feet every time I have a free moment, just to make sure that they are still there. I know this is good for my hands as well, since I have polyneuropathy. But I’d love to find something not terribly expensive that would work to stimulate my mostly numb toes and feet.

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Hi @stefspad, You will notice we have merged your discussion with a similar discussion on Vibration and massage therapy in the Neuropathy Group. I see that you have already met Hank @jesfactsmon and he has offered some suggestions. Early on when I was looking for something to help my neuropathy I bought a small hand held massager made by Wahl and while it made my feet feel better for a few minutes it didn't really help my neuropathy. Here is the one I tried for less than $30 – https://www.amazon.com/Wahl-Therapy-Therapeutic-Massager-4196-1201/dp/B00YMRTDF0/ref=sr_1_8

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@jesfactsmon

Hi @stefspad Back in the seventies we bought a thing called (at the time) a "footsie roller", and I see something similar on Amazon now. Basically it has firm grooves and you roll it under your feet and toes. Take a look: https://smile.amazon.com/Wooden-Roller-Body-Back-Company/dp/B000KK2RJC/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=footsie+roller&qid=1598551004&sr=8-5

There is also a thing my wife used to put between her toes for her PN. I could not find the exact same thing but here is something similar from Amazon:
https://smile.amazon.com/Pedi-Soother-Solutions-Arch-Support/dp/B07CQP6Z3F/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=toe+spreader+for+neuropathy&qid=1598551219&sr=8-5
Maybe someone else knows how to find the other thing for putting between the toes that might be better. That's all I've got, hope it may help. Best, Hank

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Thanks, Hank. I have both and use them nearly every day. I’m looking for something a little stronger. Let me know if you come across something like that. Steph

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@johnbishop

Hi @stefspad, You will notice we have merged your discussion with a similar discussion on Vibration and massage therapy in the Neuropathy Group. I see that you have already met Hank @jesfactsmon and he has offered some suggestions. Early on when I was looking for something to help my neuropathy I bought a small hand held massager made by Wahl and while it made my feet feel better for a few minutes it didn't really help my neuropathy. Here is the one I tried for less than $30 – https://www.amazon.com/Wahl-Therapy-Therapeutic-Massager-4196-1201/dp/B00YMRTDF0/ref=sr_1_8

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Thanks for the link, John. I’ve added it to my Amazon wish list. I will probably have the same result that you did, but I feel like I’ve got to try it… Will let you know how it goes. Steph P.S. I see where it will also give me a facial, so I won’t mind spending the money if it doesn’t work for my feet. 😉

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For temporary relief of my handa heat seems to help. My son put some rice in an old T shirt twisting and cutting it to size. About 2 minutes inthe microwave gives 30 -40 minutes of relief. Also use Therabeads that are in something like a mitten. About 90 seconds gives half hour of relief, Found the Therabead mitten on Amazon

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@cnn

For temporary relief of my handa heat seems to help. My son put some rice in an old T shirt twisting and cutting it to size. About 2 minutes inthe microwave gives 30 -40 minutes of relief. Also use Therabeads that are in something like a mitten. About 90 seconds gives half hour of relief, Found the Therabead mitten on Amazon

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Hello, just an FYI about microwaving a rice. We have some of those type of heaters that have different grains inside of them, and one of them caught fire recently and I think it might have been under 2 minutes. They say only do 30 minutes at a time, shake them around, then another 30 but I think a minute-and-a-half is the most they say. Boy it was pretty bad and Smokey and smells bad. Very scary! But that is what I use for my feet and hands as well as a heating pad for my hands and I couldn't be without them! Take good care, Sunny 😊

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