Massage and Chronic Kidney Disease

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In china, massage is an ancient adjuvant therapy to improve health condition and treat disease as well as chronic kidney disease (CKD). In the process of people accepting massage, massage technician will use their hands to push, press, knead and nip people’s skin, muscle and bone with certain operations. This therapy can help promote kidney patients’ blood circulation and improve muscle condition.

What are the benefits of massage for kidney disease?

Massage mainly acts on the flow of qi and blood. Massage may not treat kidney disease, but it does provide an effective help in treating it. There are some major benefits that massage can provide for CKD patients’ health:
- Promoting blood circulation: massage can help expand blood vessel, and promote blood circulation. While this function can improve body’s partial nutrient condition, and it can promote partial metabolism and is beneficial for excreting wastes. Besides, this is also helpful in regulating blood pressure.
- Removing pain and discomforts: this is a major benefit that massage can take to body health. Massage can improve muscle and nerve function, while this can ease muscle tension and promote toxin excretion.
- Regulating nerve condition: massage can also improve nerve function, because it can stimulate nerve excitability and have the function of sedation.

What are the operation methods of massage?

There are five major operation types in massage. They are the class of pushing and kneading, pressing and patting, pinching and grasping, shaking, exercise. While every type can also be divided into many operation methods. And different types aim at acting on different parts of our body, and they also have their own effect.

What are the contraindications of massage?

For some cases, they should be careful in using massage therapy or avoid using this therapy.
Patients with infectious disease, septicopyemia, mental disorder, hyperpyrexia, blood disease with bleeding tendency, severe skin disease, are not suitable to use massage therapy.
Pregnant women and women in menstrual period should be careful when they accept massage therapy, because some parts and acupuncture point are not suitable to accept massage.
Besides, people with damage in their ligaments and bones should also avoid massage. And patients with severe damage in their organs should also be careful in accepting massage or avoid massage.
Massage can make patients feel relaxed after accepting this therapy, while this therapy will not take very obvious improvement to patients unless they take long-term treatment. Thereby, it is necessary for patients to be ready to accept this therapy for a long period.

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