Last Friday I went and got a wonderful full body massage, I have never had one before. It felt so good at the time but I did have to ask her to go less strong on my neck as it was hurting. I woke up the next morning unable to turn my neck at all and am in horrible pain from it knots all over the place and a headache for 3 days now. I am icing it like mad, taking flexeril for the spasms. This pain is as bad when I was rear ended a few years ago and herniated a few disc in my neck. I can't believe I paid good money for this pain. Has anyone else ever gotten so sore after a massage. I am obviously very sensitive to massage as I also can't use jets in my hot tub on me at all or the same thing happens. I should have known!!
Last edited by slipperyslope; 08-15-2006 at 02:31 PM.
Wow, I thought it was just me! When my doc sent me to PT they tried, two of them at differant times to give me massages and I ended up with migraines everytime that lasted days. My doc finally had to write an order for them to stay away from my neck--which is what I was there for to begin with!! It's such a drag because it really does feel good at the time.
while it does feel good when your getting one,it always caused me more pain afterwards.i have gotten 3 massages since my back problems began and even if they go easy when working out some of the spasms the pain the next day is awful.
live and learn.ice on and off til it eases off.
feel better ,scott
I have had a massage 3 times since my ACDF on 5/18/06. I always tell the massage therapist to be relatively gentle with the neck (don't go for range of motion) but to work through any muscle tension issues that she sees. It seems to work.
I wll tell you that often people are sore after a massage as muscles are worked and toxins released. So feel free to let you massage therapist know what you want to avoid and to drink tons of water right after the massage.
I've been getting cranial-sacaral massages - its a technique to encourage the flow of spinal fluid - actually the therapist does a half hour traditional massage and then the cranial-sacaral --- she is very careful with my neck/spine because she knows my bones are "open" due to the laminectomy. I've had this four times now and only the second time I had some "tremors" after, so she's adjusted her technique to avoid that from happening again. This particular massage therapist is affiliated with a hospital sponsors "theraputic massage" business. You can do a web search for more info on the technique.
Sounds like you have a case of delayed onset muscle soreness, similar to what weightlifters go through after tearing up muscle fibers. A good massage may tear some muscle fibers in order to open up knotted muscle. Unfortunately as you're seeing, your body may rebound.
To prevent this in the future, you should spend 15 or more minutes stretching before and after your massage. After the massage if you think you will have DOMS pain, you should use heat, ice, or alternating heat and ice on the spots that you know will have problems. Do another stretching session before sleep and after you wake up.