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What type massage is best for muscle spasms-neck and shoulders

MaggiePMMaggieP Posts: 349
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have been having muscle spasms for a week now, that Baclophen and Tramadol isn't touching. From the base of my neck down to the scapular area, they are as hard as a rock. Even very light pool exercise didn't help, or tens, or hot showers, or :''( . I have a massage appt on Monday. I know Ron recommends deep tissue massage, but not sure if this helps with the traps, deltoids, etc. Any suggestions welcomed.

Hope you are all having a good evening. Very hot here today 107*



  • With spasms I prefer a more gentler massage, a Swedish massage. In my opinion and from my experience, deep tissue is great but not when you're having a flare up with spasms. One time I had a deep tissue while having spasms and I suffered a great deal for a few days afterwards.

    107!!!! I'd melt into a puddle, lol. I'm in Maine, where are you from?

    Best to you,

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    I agree with Marianne, Swedish style massages or something that your Physical Therapist would provide.
    That combined with moist warm heat and gentle stretching should help with your spasms.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Deep tissue is NOT what you need.

    From my current experience, the only type I'd recommend is what is called remedial massage.These people are fully and professionally trained.
    I've been having it done for several months now, with remarkable improvement and pain relief.

    But-you won't get better in one or two treatments. Look at having it done for several weeks at least, probably months. Muscles have a memory and want to go back to where they were, so it takes quite a while to retrain them.

    Remedial massage:

    When muscles and tendons become damaged or impaired, knotted and tense or immobile, Remedial Massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow. Remedial massage holistically treats the whole body and traces the discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, healing both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms.

    Remedial Massage Technique

    It uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage and to support and speed up the body's own repair mechanisms. The massage is applied directly to the skin using a lubricating medium, usually oil, which ensures that the muscles associated with the disorder and mobilisation of the joint are deeply penetrated. Passive stretching moves are also used.

    Benefits of Remedial Massage
    Key benefits of Remedial Massage include: the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.
  • At least it's Friday night, and I don't have to work this weekend. Even cancelled a visit to my brother and sis-in-law, as I couldn't face any more driving this week. (4days x 476miles a day=1904 miles in 4 days #:S ) Can't wait for the massage on Monday. Marianne, I live in the eastern part of Oregon. Semi-arid desert country. Hot in summer, cold in winter, coldest last winter was -19. I hope to retire in 4 more years if I can.

    I so appreciate everyone's replies, it's great to have a website where we can all support each other. Have a good weekend.

  • I have found that driving causes me a lot of muscle trauma, usually a day or so after.
    It's the wheel grip tension, I think.
  • Dear Maggie,

    I hope you receive much relief today with your massage and will be anxious to hear how you feel today and tomorrow.

    My PM gave me a script last Thursday, to begin massage therapy with the person she uses. I have been battling horrific spasms throughout my neck, shoulders and cervical area. The knots I have in these areas are gianormous! Although I will only be able to have my neck, shoulders and 2 inches above my bra line massaged... I am so very anxious to get started. Once a week for 8 weeks is the schedule I will start off with. Any relief in these particular areas will be wonderful.

    Best wishes to you for a very relaxing massage which brings you much comfort.

    Tammy >:D<
  • I personally cannot tolerate any kind of massage on my neck and shoulders. I tried and failed miserably. I did get some relief from acupuncture to relieve the spasms. It is a way to break up the spasm and increase the blood flow to the area. Of course like any other treatment, it is not a one time good deal and requires time and repeated treatments to gain ground on the spasms.

    I hope you can find some relief!

    I have been to the Eastern part of Oregon before and it can be a very hot dry dusty place, however it does have it's own beauty.

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