I have two clients, a mother and daughter. The mother has Raynaud's disease, which affects her hands, and the daughter gets it in her hands and feet. The daughter experiences calf itches only when doing cardio. Is this related? With the itching and Raynaud's disease, is there anything I should do or not do with these clients?
Raynaud’s disease is a medical condition in which people experience a sudden loss of blood circulation. Two types of Raynaud’s exist: primary, which is when the condition occurs without any other conditions and is considered less severe, and secondary, which is considered complicated and is more likely to spread. About 50 percent of Raynaud’s cases are primary, with about 30 percent of these cases spreading further and 15 percent of these cases actually improving.
Secondary Raynaud’s cases develop from other conditions that involve, among other areas of the body, connective tissue, arteries, the lungs and the spine. Secondary Raynaud’s is more likely to progress.
All Raynaud’s cases involve restricted blood flow to areas of the body and can be triggered or made worse by anxiety or emotional distress. Therefore, exercise is recommended since it can naturally reduce stress. Regular exercise also reduces the risk of experiencing Raynaud’s symptoms since it controls weight, increases energy levels and promotes well being and restful sleep. Walking and swinging the arms in big circles are two of the best ways to increase blood flow to the extremities.
Relaxation techniques and visualization can also help manage Raynaud’s symptoms. In addition, some experts recommend supplements containing Vitamin E, magnesium and fish oils. Warming the hands and feet of a Raynaud’s client during an attack and removing any type of stress from his or her environment will also help the person recover.
Sores or ulcers can occur on the skin in severe cases of Raynaud’s disease. If this occurs, avoid any type of exercise that puts pressure on these sores.
Avoid exercising outdoors in cold weather or use great caution and make sure the hands and feet are well insulated.