How long does a massage help with thoracic pain? I had a deep tissue massage last week. The masseuse said my spine felt like I had a steel rod all the way from my neck to my lumbar area. She worked on my back for over 45 min, massaging both sides of my spine. The next day I had multiple VERY painful spots on my back. After a couple of hot-tub sessions, my back has been feeling a lot better. My only problem was I was visiting Wyoming at the time, and I live in Oregon. There are no massage therapists covered by my insurance where I live. I would like to know how long the benifits might last, and if it would be worth either paying out of pocket, or traveling 75 miles to a covered masseuse. Anybody have any ideas? It's been10 days now, and my neck and shoulders are getting back to the normal painful mess they always are, but my thoracic and lumbar still feel okay. How many treatments might it take for long-lasting relief? I realize it won't cure the bulging discs, stenosis, etc., but it is nice not to be hurting so much.
Thanks for any input. Maggie