Re: Should it be so painful after deep tissue massage?
I've been dealing with sciatic pain caused by a mild bulging disk in L-4-5 and S1 mild stenosis. Initially, the sciatica was excruciatingly painful in my right leg. It followed the sciatic nerve, starting deep in my glut, going down my thigh and calve, to my ankle. I would only have stiffness and extreme pain when I got out of bed each morning. Some mornings I could barely walk. I had tried all sorts of conservative treatment for 3 months. If you want to know about that, I'll tell you, but not now. I want to share my experience with deep massage therapy. I think it's a good thing!
About two months ago, I began deep tissue massage therapy with a wonderful chiropractor who specializes in 'trigger point' massage. I really feel I've made a lot of progress over these past two months, because of her 'deep tissue massage therapy.'
Initially I saw her once a week, and in the past four weeks, once every two weeks. I'm always sore after a session. [B]Initially I was very sore and a bit stiff right after I'd get up from her massage table. That would last for about an hour. In anticipation of that pain, I started to take 600 MG of ibuprofen before I'd go to the massage therapy. Yes, the next day, my muscles often feel stiff and a bit painful, as if I've done a heavy workout. The chiropractor told me that is usual. Anyway, the pain has diminished from session to session.[/B]
Last week, in an effort to further explore my options, I went to a physiatrist (who is also an MD neurologist). She suggested doing a series of trigger point injections, with the hope of 'taking a short cut' sort of speaking, to help release the 'knots' or 'trigger point' in my muscles. The plan is to do them a week apart, for four weeks. The first time, she injected just one trigger point on my thigh. It seems that it may have effectively relieved the 'knot' in that muscle, because over the past four days, I've had less pain in my leg when I got up in the morning.
I'm still going to the chiropractor for deep massage. Today, I went to the chiropractor, and she said that she noticed a difference in my thigh muscle. She felt that the 'trigger point shot' had effectively loosened that area. Anyway, I had less pain when I left her, than I had two weeks ago.
I really feel, of all of the conservative treatment, physical therapy, etc, that I've experienced since I got the results of my MRI from my orthopaedic MD, that the deep massage therapy has been most instrumental in helping me to make progress to recovery. I'm optimistic that I will recover.
I hope I've been of some help to you.
Last edited by removedone; 10-13-2006 at 12:11 PM.