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My husband,John, fell while visiting his brother Robert a few months ago. He injured his right shoulder area so that the use of his arm diminished significantly. He would also sit in his recliner at a slant, leaning against his right arm and shoulder.
Over time I noticed that he had practically stopped using the right arm for simple tasks, such as picking up a bowl or glass.
I took him to the chiropractor and that seemed to help a little. Then I added visits with a massage therapist who had helped me so much with my own back issues. Vicky Bates worked on John several times using deep therapeutic massage to help restore his ability to lift his arm and to get him to use the arm again in a more normal way. He can now lift his right arm without any pain, which he could not do for months before seeing her.
Unfortunately, he had gotten out of the habit of using this arm, so I had to remind him to do it sometimes over a fairly long period of time. He has learned to use it again in a normal way for the most part.
Vicky also works on his feet and legs to try and restore some more fluidity in his stride. John looks forward to this therapy and it seems to make him feel better.

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Pat Snyder, husband John, dx LBD 2007
Author of [i]Treasures in the Darkness: Extending Early Stage of LBD...[i][/i] [url]http://www.amazon.com/Treasures-Darkness-Extending-Alzheimers-Parkinsons/dp/1466428228/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334092686&sr=8-1[/url]


Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:36 pm
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
I guess if it makes him feel better and he looks forward to it, it's worth doing even without improvement. :P

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:41 pm
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
That's great Pat. I wanted to have a massage therapist come to the ALF for my dad but he was vehemently opposed for some reason, so I didn't. I think he would have been much more comfortable before he lost so much weight, especially.
Now, all you caregivers out there, go get a massage yourselves! It is such a great stress reliever.
Have a good night. Lynn

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Lynn, daughter of 89 year old dad dx with possiblity of LBD, CBD, PSP, FTD, ALS, Vascular Dementia, AD, etc., died Nov. 30, 2010 after living in ALF for 18 months.


Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:46 pm
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I rubbed Derek's back the other day but yesterday he didn't want to be touched at all. Sometimes everything feels painful to him--not sure what causes that.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:04 pm
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
Wonderful, Pat! I do not like massage at all, and I'd probably be like Lynn's dad. But hubby loves them. A few years ago we each received gift certificates for massages and I gave mine to him. He was so pleased! Your post reminds me to set up some session for him. Maybe that will be a valentine. :P

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Jeanne, 68 cared for husband Coy, 86. RBD for 30+ years; LDB since 2003, Coy at home, in early stage, until death in 2012


Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:12 pm
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
I'm with you, Jeanne. The thought of someone rubbing me gives me the creeps. However, Dale loves it and our current 'sitter' is a male who has nice strong hands. It's a real treat for Dale.

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Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:06 pm
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
Thanks for the encouragement, Everybody! We caregivers would benefit from a good massage ourselves.
A few years back, massage therapy basically gave me my life back by helping with chronic back problems. Now John is getting to benefit from it as well.
Another benefit is no bad side effects or concerns about interactions with other meds.

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Pat Snyder, husband John, dx LBD 2007
Author of [i]Treasures in the Darkness: Extending Early Stage of LBD...[i][/i] [url]http://www.amazon.com/Treasures-Darkness-Extending-Alzheimers-Parkinsons/dp/1466428228/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334092686&sr=8-1[/url]


Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:11 pm
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
I would have loved it if Mom could have benefited from some sorts of alternative therapy. She had chronic pain for more than 25 years.... She was very against chiropratic medicine and very tied into conventional medicine.
Too bad I think,
Sharon E.


Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:17 pm
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
Frank has massage theropy every other Tues., he snoozes thru most of it. Most of the time he isn't able to help turn so Linda and I have to move him around. I'm under 5' so Linda does most of the work, I just don't have the leverage with the high table. He said he feels better and I "think" it is helping, he can still walk without any trouble, so it's well worth the $90. if it helps to keep him flexible. He falls frequently at home but never on our walks, we're in New England so the weather doesn't alway cooperate. I've been offered free massages but like some of you, it just doesn't appeal.

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Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:33 am
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
I'm currently getting massage therapy for the stresses of both working on a computer (one reason I don't post often now) and caring for my LO. My massage therapist is a female and very discreet. I think it helps a lot with the pain in my joints and if it enables me able to keep going until (1) I retire, and (2) my LO dies, then it is well worth it.

The ALF where my LO lives provides massage therapy once a month, on site, to all of the caregivers there. I don't know how the policy started but I can tell you that the CGs love that benefit.

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Annie, daughter of brave Marie, dx 2007 and in ALF


Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:40 am
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Gosh, Annie, what a great idea! It's great to hear about a facility that cares about its caregivers.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:16 am
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
Sign me up! I was able to ask my GP to recommend massage therapy for my chronic neck pain last year and my insurance paid all but the copay for multiple sessions. Sometimes even massage therapy schools or students offer services at a discounted rate. Go for it!

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Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:00 pm
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There's a chain of places throughout the US called Massage Envy. They offer an intro. for $39 for an hour, and if you sign up for their monthly plan, of which they have several, you can get them for around $59 per session. I forget the exact $ but they have very good certified therapists. I always feel like I have an only slightly-used body after I have a massage instead of aches and pains and fatigue.
One of my former offices had a massage therapist come in every week for a few hours. Employees had to pay, but it was so convenient not to have to go anywhere and you could sign up in 15 min. to 2-hour increments. It was just great.

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Lynn, daughter of 89 year old dad dx with possiblity of LBD, CBD, PSP, FTD, ALS, Vascular Dementia, AD, etc., died Nov. 30, 2010 after living in ALF for 18 months.


Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:27 pm
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
Lynn, that sounds just delicious!!
Sometimes we need to remember to just be good to ourselves, don't we?

Our massage therapist has become a friend over the years. She has been such a positive part of my life.

And I agree that you do feel so much younger and more flexible. Those muscles get stretched and put back in their proper places.

L&P,
Pat

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Pat Snyder, husband John, dx LBD 2007
Author of [i]Treasures in the Darkness: Extending Early Stage of LBD...[i][/i] [url]http://www.amazon.com/Treasures-Darkness-Extending-Alzheimers-Parkinsons/dp/1466428228/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334092686&sr=8-1[/url]


Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:11 pm
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Post Re: Massage Therapy for early stage patients.
I've never had a massage in my life [by a real massage person]. Maybe I should treat myself some time.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


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