Massage after Laser Eye Surgery
Hi, has anyone any experience of massage following laser eye surgery.? I have a lady wanting massage for painful hips but she very recently had laser eye surgery. I know 'surgery' is contraindicated but she wants me to proceed saying 'she is fine'. One friend has said she would go ahead with the client in a side lying position, another has said she wouldn't touch her for at least 4 weeks. Any thoughts.?
I have myself recently had laser eye surgery and have had no problems in any way since.
I would suggest that in my experience there is no reason why you should not be able to give her massage treatment. After all you will not be massaging her eye.
I had replacement eye lens's replaced last year! It was really great, do it again if I needed. Right, I think if it's very recent ie before 3 months, she should not put her face in a face cradle or perhaps face hole so as she has downward pressure.
I don't massage and it's only my opinion, but I find when I use a face hole, my sinuses block up!
Thanks - my thoughts were around the pressure via the face hole and possible increase in bp as it is remedial/deep tissue she is seeking. She wants the treatment tomorrow and only had the 'surgery' yesterday. She tells me she had a local anaesthetic and the laser lasted "seconds", there was no 'cutting'. I've raised my concerns with her but she wants to go ahead - disclaimer to be signed me thinks... ;-)
Ummmmm, well try and think of a way to cushion her face when she's face down. Please write a disclaimer with that you have recommended that she does not have massage laying on her face and she does so at her own risks. I feel it is unwize but there you are. When I'd had an op to remove a cyst on my eye lid many years ago, I made the mistake of bending down to tie my lace - I ended up with a black eye that took 2 months to go!!
Thanks Angela, I'd advised her to wait a while but she is quite insistent due to the discomfort in her hip. I'll explain again to her and ask her to sign a disclaimer accordingly then work with her side lying if she insists in going ahead. Thanks for taking the time to reply.
I decided to call a Laser Eye Clinic to put my mind at ease - they have advised a two week wait...
There you go! It's the gravity I was thinking of. Poor lady must be in a lot of pain with her hip.
Hi Angela, I tried that, she won't have Reiki...
I think you are quite right to stick to your guns about not treating, you're the expert and not the client. I always tell clients that we both have a 'veto' - I won't do anything they don't agree to, and I also won't do anything I don't believe is safe. They don't always entirely like it, but they respect it.
With this lady, depending on why the advice was to wait 2 weeks (because of face down, or in general? Has she been advised to curtail exercise, for example?) you may suggest some gentle hip/piriformis and hamstring stretches which she can do herself lying on her back. This may be enough to give her some comfort and relief until you can do a massage.
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Hi Nicki, hope you are well.
I rang the clinic for peace of mind and was advised to wait two weeks. I'm afraid she isn't the kind of client to try other things like exercise or stretching - I tried.
Anyway, as I advised her when she rang and tried again this morning, only one more week go.!