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Spencer, December 13,  2017  12:50am EST

Massage?

I enjoy getting an occasional massage.  I used them several times to work out my muscles after a very long run.  Is there any danger of me going in for a massage while being in AFib and on blood thinners.  My wife is using some info on the internet to deny the expense. I'm just looking to relax... but maybe she is right and she is pretty smart.
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  • ShellyH
    ShellyH, December 14,  2017  11:56am EST
    Hello again Spencer.  I had my last massage two weeks ago while in atrial flutter and on Xarelto.  It was not a problem for me and didn't increase or decrease my heart rate.  No hemorrhaging.   It just felt good and took my mind off my pulse for an hour.
  • JJ
    JJ, December 14,  2017  3:02pm EST
    My answer is a little off the wall so take it for what it is worth.  Where I live I can get a high quality massage for less than $20 US.  I usually get at least one a week and sometimes two.  One of the contributing factors to afib seems to be stress.  Unless to cost of the cost of the massage is causing you stress go for it.  The last time I went to the spa I had a procedure called R/F Frequency Therapy to try to burn away some of the belly fat I have.  (My doctor said it most likely will not help with the afib but can help with blood pressure and other factors; and this is supported by an NIH study I read).  So I took my wife and she got the massage.  Going back tonight for a second treatment and can not take my wife because she will be in graduate school, now the cost of graduate school is stressful but worth the time, effort and cost.
  • Spencer
    Spencer, December 14,  2017  3:03pm EST
    Shelly - That is what I was thinking also.  Just an hour away from this is worth the money.  Just need to convenience my spousal unit of the value of a massage.
  • Mellanie at StopAfib.org
    Mellanie at StopAfib.org, December 16,  2017  9:35am EST
    As a heart patient, after my stent I was told that a massage was OK but to specifically tell them that I am a heart patient and should have nothing more than gentle pressure. Apparently, too aggressive a massage can be detrimental to heart patients. I don't know the details, and you may want to Google that, but that is what I was cautioned with.Mellanie
  • Spencer
    Spencer, December 22,  2017  1:12pm EST
    So I did get a massage from my usual sports massage guy.  I told him to take it easy.  He was sort of amazed about the heart problem as he had no real expercience with it.  I forgot my issues for an entire hour.  bliss.
  • Ileen
    Ileen, December 23,  2017  4:14am EST
    May I also recommend a facial Spencer!! Awesome!! ( yes men need facials) Will put you in bliss for an hour!! You should do a couples massage!! No ice gift Idia!! Have a happy relaxed holiday!( as I sit here wrapping the endless packages!!) Hugs!!
  • Jinny
    Jinny, December 23,  2017  11:59pm EST
    Not exactly about massage, but does anyone know whether it's OK to use ultrasound if you have Afib. I don't mean in the heart area, obviously, but for example, a sore muscle (in the back) or as a facial massage. I read somewhere that it's a no-no. I have a little machine I bought years ago and wonder if I could use it sometimes.
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