View Full Version : Massages???? a yr after op?????

06-22-2006, 07:14 AM
Just got back from a mini-trip with my sisters & mom.. My sister got a massage & felt so great after it... I was so jealous cause I'd love to have one but not with my back now... Can you have a soft one after a yr or so from operations??? I sooooo would love one!!!! :)

06-22-2006, 11:31 AM

I had a soft massage about 3 weeks postop, and as far as I can tell, it didn't do any damage. The therapist stayed away from the implants.


06-22-2006, 02:07 PM
WOW...........that's good to know!

06-22-2006, 05:32 PM
I also had a massage a couple weeks after my surgery. It did not hurt but if they were too hard near my implants then it would feel uncomfortable and I would tell the therapist to ease up. everytime i get a massage, just had one last weekend, i feel so good afterwards.
I would suggest to have them do a very soft massage to start out.

Good luck and Relax!


06-22-2006, 06:11 PM
One time my PT gave me a hard massage and as much as it felt good in the moment, that night and day after I had major inflammation around my rods. If it's not too close to the implants and done softly I don't think it would be a problem though.

06-22-2006, 06:32 PM
I was wondering how you are able to lie on your belly for a massage? I am fused from T-9 through L-5 and it is not comfortable. Being a belly sleeper for 40+ years I miss being able to lie on my belly and get a massage. I have woke up twice since my surgery 3 yrs ago and couldn't figure out how I got on my belly and found it even harder trying to figure out how to log roll out of that position.

Kindest Regards,

06-22-2006, 09:02 PM
Hi Gail,

Whenever I have a massage, I get deep tissue massages, I always have them lower the head piece. I can't lay on my belly, it puts to much stress on my back. But with the head lowered it really helps. The way I get to my belly is kinda hard, I get on all fours and lower myself with my arms like a push up.

06-23-2006, 02:18 PM
I'm fused to L2, and maybe that's one of the reasons I could get on my belly but it was not the most comfortable postion for sure, it was also hard to get in and out of that postion and if I had fallen asleep on my belly at night I always woke up not longer than half an hour later with major pain in my neck, lower back and even I felt some screws. To get back on the side was HARD, and there was moaning and groaning on my part.

Right now after having my last surgery I don't even attempt to do it but it's not good to sleep in that postion for anybody anyway. Sometimes I would get an arm and neck massage by my acupuncture specialist sitting down.

06-24-2006, 04:08 PM
Hey Lynne,

I just went in to have my eval. with P.T. Wed and asked about massage. He said it was a good idea as he felt I was "tight" between my shoulderblades. At 3 months my Dr. said for now light massage was ok. I haven't had one yet as I was still so numb how could I feel it??!! LOL

Also, once again I am different then everybody........... I sleep on my stomach, pain free. My P.T. was shocked to say the least. He mumbled some comment that it wasn't a good idea or I should think of stopping that. I was thrown off and didn't think to ask why. I will when I go in next week.

Gail, I am fused T10 to L4 and can stomach sleep! I always have....... sorry to hear you can't, it's tough to switch habits!

06-24-2006, 05:08 PM

I can too sleep on my stomach and have always slept this way. I have heard it isnt the best for our backs. I try to fall asleep on my side or back but wake up on my stomach. The only concern i have ever had was when I am pregnant then i wouldnt be able to sleep on my stomach=(

Hopefully this next surgery that i have to be fused to the sacrum doesnt interfer with my stomach sleeping! Right now i am fused to L3.


06-27-2006, 12:11 PM
I know I've had a few massages over the years and they definitely are great in loosening the muscle tension in the back. As some have you have mentioned too much hard massage near the fusion can cause inflammation and/or pain later that day. Suggest that you make sure that the person has had several years of practice and that they are aware of your back condition before having one done. Since I work in a stressful job (who doesn't these days!) and I find that the massages always give me a very relaxed feeling for a few days afterwards.

Enjoy . . .

P.S.- I sleep on my side or back most nights and lately I have had some soreness when waking up, but I currently have some inflammation in the lower back near my rod. ( It does strangely occur every now and again, but I normally will find that I've overextended it doing something.) I think the PT's concern about you sleeping on your stomach is valid depending what the extent of your curvature is. Typically the greater the curvature the more effect it has in regards to your lungs and organs in the curvature area. Thus may impact your breathing at night. Most doctors find that those people with scoliosis tend to sleep on their side, back, or with proped up pillows.(BTW, I don't suggest the pillow scenerio, can actually do more harm than good, but ask you doctor about it.)