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Massage after C6-7 ACDF

Hello All,
Going for massage tomorrow. I did have a massage last week but stayed in supine(back ) position. Hoping I can lie prone and put my face on that small hole on massage table without too much trouble. I am two weeks post op. Obviously I am not letting her massage my neck (surgical area). Want her to focus on traps, rhomboids, mid thoracic area. Just wondering how others have done with massages this soon. Of course there will be no problem with massaging my arms and legs. Just hoping for some relief in my upper back. I am great at giving feedback so if something does not feel right will speak up. Would love to know others thoughts. Thanks.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,858
    edited 05/29/2015 - 5:08 AM
    I have is the Deep/Soft Tissue massage, which can be very painful.

    I was told to wait at least 6 months before any massages and 12 months before any of my cervical area was touched.

    A lot would depend on the position you are in during the massage. For me, it was always face down on a table or on the floor.

    Two factors:

    1) Make sure you talk this over with your doctor before you continue
    2) How medically knowledgeable is the person doing your massage?

    Having the right person that knows exactly what they are doing is so important./ My Thai massage specialist also was in medical school in Thailand for 2 years while learning from the masters about massage techniques
    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
  • Hi Dilauro,
    Thank you for your advice. The place where I get my massage is very cautious since my surgery and stays away from my surgical area. Did full body and stayed away from cervical area. Now that my PA has explained to me that they put a larger disc in place of my blown out one I am sure that is why I am having the spasms in my traps and levator muscles. Everything is being stretched. My doc also told me to switch to heat and that has helped a ton. Wearing this cervical bone stimulator now. Have you ever had one? So strange when I wear it it almost feels as if it is increasing my pain slightly at the surgical site. Maybe it is actually doing something positive to get the fusion to occur.
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