Massage anyone??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kat0465, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. kat0465

    kat0465 New Member

    i recently had a massage, it was my first. My Cousin who has fibro swears by them,and says the woman who does hers has been learning all she can about fibro. well i finally went a couple days ago, the pain from the actual massage wasent too bad( she said she was going easy on me) but i was surprised about how BAD i felt afterward!! she said to drink lots of water as this flushes the toxins out. but i really felt BAD!!! Could this be a herxing effect?? anybody done a deep tissue massage, as thats what she will do the next time....... IM SCARED!! lol
  2. Pansygirl

    Pansygirl New Member

    I haven't had a massage yet since getting FM but I did try one of those massage chairs once very recently and I almost came unglued with the pain it was inflicting on my back. I had to find the off button fast!

    I'm sorry I'm not much help but I do try to drink lots of water everyday , I 'm unsure if it helps with flushing the toxins ~ someone who has had FM longer will probably know.

    I also think everyone has a different pain tolerance ~ but for me since getting FM my tolerance for pain is very low.

    I'm not sure what the difference is between a massage and a deep tissue massage did she offer any explanation?

    Very gentle hugs, Susan

  3. Pansygirl

    Pansygirl New Member

    jaminhealth ~ I'm glad the massages work for you. Smile

    I've had headaches and migraines for much of my adult life but the pain of FM seems to really effect me more,
    maybe it's the combo of pain /fatigue that gets me.

    I need to get up the courage to use a tennis ball on my shoulder and back as it's so tight . I know be brave.

    Gentle hugs, Susan
    [This Message was Edited on 07/24/2008]
  4. marti_zavala

    marti_zavala Member

    I would have her go slower. Massages can move lymph fluid around which is good but can stir up toxins.

    I would take some charcoal/magesium to soak it up and drink lots of clean pure water.

    I would hold off on the deep tissue massage for a while.

    Also, I would hold off on the next easy massage until you are over this. It is normal but not easy. You dont want to overtax your detox system.

  5. les80

    les80 New Member

    i had a massage after not having one for about 3 years and it was not good for me. I told the massage therapist i had fibro and she went very light on me but i had terrible vertigo while the massage was happening. and afterwards i felt like i had the flu for a week! i know lots of ppl swear by massage but i just did not enjoy it or its benefits.
  6. becc

    becc New Member

    I can't tolerate massages anymore. Even when I've explained that it needs to be *very* gentle, it wipes me out for days. A couple of ME/CFS specialists have told me that this reaction is very common in both people with ME and people with FM.

  7. kat0465

    kat0465 New Member

    Yes Marti, i think im gonna hold off a while on the deep Tissue one, she did a swedish massage on me, lasted about an hour.Thank God i too have a pretty high pain tolerance,But when she hit those trigger Points OMG!! and i felt afterwards like i do when i overdo it, that dang flu like feeling that can last from a few days to a few weeks. can iget the Charcoal stuff from a vitamine store?? thanks.
  8. dragon06

    dragon06 New Member

    I used to get massages but I am not sure I could tolerate them anymore.

    I got them years ago before my condition got severe and even then I felt like crap the next day, so I can imagine what it would be like now.

    My roommate will sometimes rub a certain area for me, like my shoulder, but that is all I can tolerate now.
  9. LouiseK

    LouiseK New Member

    I would rather shoot myself in the foot than let someone touch me . . .I *do* feel your pain.

    For a lot of us there is a disturbance in the autonomic nervous system. It controls nerve ending near the surface of the body. I find lighter touch more painful (am not recommending a pummeling either) and actually deep pressure that does not involve "rubbing" does not hurt me.
    Like leaning up against a wall on a tennis ball or pressing on a sore spot.

    Go slow is good advice. I have been laid low for long periods by letting people touch me with massage, Feldenkrais and especially Trager.

    Be well.
  10. optimiss

    optimiss New Member

    However, the last time I had one while on vacation, I hurt for several days afterwards. The Therapist worked lightly and it felt good at the time. I would try it again but I am a little apprehensive. I turn the massage chair on when I'm getting a pedicure and it feels great but even that leaves my back feeling bruised the next day!
  11. marti_zavala

    marti_zavala Member

    Wow, I think a Swedish massage is a deep massage and an hour is a long time.

    You can get the charcoal capsules at Walmart or any health food store. I would use walmart as they don't have to be expensive in order to work.

    I use them regularly then I follow up with magnesium because they can be constipating.

  12. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    My muscles get very stiff and I consider the massages necessary. I usually have 1 1/2 hrs of a combination of Swedish and deep tissue massage.

    I do this once a month. It helps me have so much more energy. I don't know why you would feel so bad afterwards. Normally I go home and go to bed afterwards. Maybe you did not feel good anyway...

    Since it was your first time perhaps you did have some sort of herxing. I have had them for years.
  13. mjwarchol

    mjwarchol New Member

    I have been getting weekly massages since 1984. I need very deep tissue work, as does one of my fibro friends. Others in our former support group could barely tolerate soft touch, and some just like moderate work.

    There are some weeks when I feel terrible after the massage, but most times it's what gets me through the week. I think when we have more toxins released that week we feel like crap. Don't give up on it. You will find what type of massage works best for you.

    M J
  14. kat0465

    kat0465 New Member

    Ok, im going tomorrow for another crack at the massage thing,lol. i'm definately going to tell her to take it a lil more slower this time. the first time she hit me pretty hard, but seems like it did me some good. i have been having a really Painful left hip, and when she got to it( i didnt mention it) she said, wow your hip is swollen.
    it will be a week tomorrow & i can tell a difference in my pain there, so im gonna try it again. hopefully it wont make me feel as bad as it did the first time.maybe drinking more water will help flush all the nasties out, wish me luck,Kat.
  15. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    I could never do a Deep Tissue massage - way too painful. I love being touched (gently), rubbed, I've always found it very relaxing. Whenever I have a massage, I ask them NOT to go too deep, especially on my back, shoulder, shoulder blades area. I always jump or scream when rubbed too hard there.

    Always drink a ton of water afterwards to flush out the toxins. The last massage I got was at a high end salon. She did a great job without torturing me and I only had a slight headache afterwards.
    I'm always nervous about massages, which stinks because I truly love to be rubbed and massaged by my husband. I just need a tender touch.

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