Dangers of Massage Therapy

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Jasmine, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. Jasmine

    Jasmine New Member

    Hi all!
    I just wanted to say I love being massaged and have been to a couple of different massage therapists over the past 20 years. My last massage therapist did trager therapy which I read in a cfs/fm book is very good for my painful fibromyalgia of 20 years. After about six 90 minute trager massage therapy sessions, I lost my vision for three days I could not focus or read anything and it took a month for my ability to focus my eyes returned. This massage therapist is very well know and supposed to be highly recommended in my area. The eye doctor said that she was must have massaged my nerves and that lead to the muscle eye weakness problem. So now I never go for massage. I do reflexology (foot massage) on myself from Laura Norman's Feet First Book every day.

    Also my mom went for three massage sessions in a different state recently. She told the massage therapist who is highly recommended by several people not to massage her neck and head because she was worried after what happened to me. On the third session, the massage therapist massaged her head and neck and she had severe vertigo for two weeks and could not leave her house at all with all the vertigo and nausea. She also has an intestinal obstruction now which I wonder if it's related to the massage or not.

    Just a warning!

    Love, Jasmine
  2. Shalala

    Shalala New Member

    His massage technique was to die for ... then on I got a young girl and she was HORRIBLE and undid everything he had done for me. I hurt worse after her than I did the first visit. I have not gone back.
  3. LouiseK

    LouiseK New Member

    What's with the Trager? I went for one session -- the therapist was like an angel and she was careful and considerate. However, That was last June and I am still suffering. She did something to the nerves in my hips and shoulders. The nerve pain spread throughout my whole sacral dermatome (pretty much everywhere below the waist) and I got a 6 month straight herpes outbreak! My shoulders are still really screwed up. I am just going for physical therapy in the next couple of weeks for that. Since I only have use of one arm due to an accident, I really need it to work for me!

    Anyway, I just could not believe it. The Trager is touted as being so good for fibromyalgia and I felt just great while I was there.

    Did she take your arms and legs and sort of move them around? That's what did this to my joints I'm sure.

    Oy, I thought I was the only one. Whoever reads this -- this is rally dangerous!
  4. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune New Member

    While the name is familiar, I am not personally familiar with Trager.

    For six or is it seven years, I have been receiving myofascial release treatments.

    I did have one SEVERE case of vertigo during one of the treatments.... but it was not due to the treatment. My physical therapists and I did not know what happened at the time of my session.

    I was frightened, so were they. Had I been a patient they were not familiar with, I would have been brought to the hospital (where I work). But since I knew the protocol (I would have been admitted as it was a holiday weekened and would not have seen a specialist until Tuesday) I talked the therapists into waiting to call the Rescue, and they did allow me more time before they called. (By the way, they are the reason for my board name, they had never met a patient who was so in-tune with their body, and I was born in June) After quite awhile, I could sit up. Then I was fine..... until I layed down again at home.

    A physical examination by a doctor OF MY CHOICE revealed my ear canals were very swollen. A course of Prednisone knocked the swelling down, and the vertigo disappeared.

    So it was not the treatment but an underlying condition.

    As previously stated, I am not familiar with Trager.

    Maybe you could explain a little further about the Trager treatments and the board could chime in.

    Fondly, June

  5. kriket

    kriket New Member

    Sorry that you guys had a bad experience with massage therapy. Wish I could offer you some helpful advice- but I just don't know what to tell you.

    I've never heard of anyhting like this before happening to someone after a massage. It would be very interesting to know what really caused the problems, as this is highly unusual.

  6. Jasmine

    Jasmine New Member

    Hi all!
    Wow, I see my mom and I are not the only ones getting worse from massage therapy. Trager massage felt great while I was getting it and it reduced my fibromyalgia pain too. The therapist tends to swing the arms and shoulder around to loosen muscles and also the legs. I really enjoy massage so it's a shame I'm afraid to go for it now.

    My mom and I have had fibromyalgia for decades so I think we may be more sensitive to vigorous massage techniques. I'm just happy doing reflexology on my feet every day by myself and sometimes I give my husband a foot rub after a hard day's work. He loves it!

    Love, Jasmine
  7. Andrew111

    Andrew111 Member

    Some of these responses tie into what I've been learning lately. I asked my Ear/Nose/Throat doctor dizziness can be caused my muscles in the neck or other parts of the body are too tense or have other problems. She it can, and she named the parts of the body that are used for feedback to maintain balance. Unfortunately, I forgot all the ones she named, but I do remember the back of head, neck, and the legs. So it makes sense to me that a bad massage could injure muscles (or the nerves that control them) and cause dizziness.
  8. Iamnotmyillness

    Iamnotmyillness New Member

    I have had great luck with massage -- my therapist does a combo of Myofascial and best and most important of all lymph drainage. The only time I had a bad reaction to is was when I didnt drink enough water. The water afterward is critical. If they drain the toxins from your lymphs and you dont have enough water to flush the toxins you body will reabsorb them and make you very sick.

    I was going once a week until my mother decided to cut off my treatment. I have been absolutely miserable and virtually bed-ridden since she stopped the treatment. Once a week was all that she was willing to pay for, but at that level it kept me from deteriorating and usually gave me 3 decent days before I started to slide again. What I found amazing was that I would weigh myself beforehand and when I came home, I would drink a lot of water then nap. When I woke up I would weigh myself again and usually found that I was 2 POUNDS lighter -- thats how much excess toxins my body was storing each week.
  9. Bruin63

    Bruin63 Member

    So good to hear from you, but so sorry, it's due to having this Bad Experience.
    I hope your feeling better.

    I love having Massages, if you can remember way, back, when, lol, I was going to a really great one, who is also a Friend.

    She does the Soft tissue, Sweadesh (sp?) massage, she also is knowledgable about Trigger Points, which was good, since I have CMPD also.

    When I left Id, I looked for one here in Ca, not to much luck, the last one, made my neck worse, and I haven't been since.

    I know my Feet would love a good massage, and I thought about trying it again.

    I was rather astounded, that most of the Massaguers, now a days get their training at the Beauty Schools, so I don't think they are really capable of understanding that I can't have a Massage, like they would give a Normal person.

    I do carry my trusty, print outs from Devin Starlanyls, website, it tells them, what to look for, when treating someone with our Conditions.

    I hope your Moms better too. again Nice to hear from you,

  10. Jasmine

    Jasmine New Member

    Hi all!
    Hope you're all having a good day! I have had swedish massage and never had a problem with it. Only the Trager 90 minute massage set off the nerve problems.

    I also get a balance type vertigo like problem when I'm in relapse with tight neck and shoulder muscles. I just bend my head all the way back a few times and the balance problem goes away for like 2 or 3 hours.

    Hi Sharon!

    Love, Jasmine

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