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Myofascial Release Massage

I have reached the end of my epidurals, facet blocks, etc. Chiropractors and physical therapy were of little use, although I did gain strength from physical therapy.

MY PM doctor referred me to a massage therapist that he works with. I went to see him and brought my MRI and xray results last week. The massage therapist seems to know what he's doing. He claims that my thoracic pain is coming down from my C4-C5 neck joint. My rhomboids are virtually locked up in spasm.

So I'll have to see how it goes. I had my 3rd massage today and it feels somewhat better, as did the last 2 treatments, but for a little while.

Diagnosis: Thoracic facet syndrome & cervical and thoracic radiculopathy from car accident trauma.


  • Had this done while on vacation in Florida... Best $100 I've ever spent!!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,868
    some may call minor/major or surface/deep. The deep rhomboid muscle is some many times the culprit for thoracic and cervical/shoulder related pain and discomfort. When the rhomboid muscle is locked or hard and not pliable it creates a lot of tension and pulling on so much else in your upper body.

    I spent almost 18 months before seeing a Thai massage specialist who could get down deep into the rhomboid muscle. 6 months of weekly painful sessions paid off. Once the rhomboid muscle became pliable, my thoracic disc problems became tolerable.

    There are many types of massages, with many different names. Bit when it comes to the deep rhomboid, you need to have someone who can exert alot of force and pressure. None of the physical therapists I know or talked to nor chiropractors could come close. When you have this little man being able to exert 45 pounds of pressure with his hands, knuckles, elbows into your back, you know its going to be deep. This man kept me from being in a wheel chair.

    I hope the massage continues to help you
    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
  • I have cervical stenosis. I really like myofascial release but it only helped some things. I kept getting a squeezing in the thoracic back. Nothing helped except hanna somatics. I met with a practitioner 2X. reults in the first session. I do my exercises daily, I am i control of this now. I am so glad I was led to her.
    Leila deurell
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