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Massage Chair = extreme pain

MaggiePMMaggieP Posts: 337
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Yesterday I got a pedicure. The chair I was sitting in was a massage chair, with the knobs that roll up and down the spine. I thought, "Why Not?" Now I know why not. This am, from my mid-back to my lower lumbar spine, my back is on fire! I can't hardly bend, and pressing on the sore spots is excruciating! Could I have further injured my bulging and degenerating discs? Why does this always happen on the weekend? I will never do this again.It did feel a little intense at the time, but normal massage does too, But the pain from this goes way beyond normal. Any suggestions, besides Vicodene? I was going to apply my microwave Bed Buddy, but it developed a hole, and all of the rice hulls poured out. Yikes.



  • i have several all diff shapes and sizes if one get a whole just sew it up it will work until you get another whole...im talking about your bed buddy these are great thing my grand kids love to sleep with one and it puts them to sleep in minutes.good luck
  • Hi Maggie,

    Yep, Those Ped Spa Chairs are so inviting since they are adjustable and have heat too. Well my experience was with the pedicure. I couldn't sit that long, the vibration from the water on aggravated me. The worst part was the pedicurist kept trying to raise my feet and legs in bad positions and then tried to use a razor blade on the bottom of my poor foot. X(

    I was very clear that I have back problems and pain in my legs and feet, that I only wanted her to cut and shape my nails. What we gonna do? I have to keep my feet and nails up as this causes more pain too. I guess I will try it again but with a different technician that's not so rough and can do a quicker job. The things we have to go through. Most people find going to the salon enjoyable. LOL

    I use to tease my dad for not going to the ped spa with me to get his feet done. He's Diabetic and has to have the doctor do his. He pays $300 a visit. :jawdrop:

    :? I guess we need a specialty clinic for all of us to help keep our feet and backs out of harms way. I know I will not try this again until after my SCS is on.

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  • :) hi! well every other Sunday i enjoy a home pedicure by my hubby. :X no strange chairs, just the comfortable sofa i lay on. no over cutting, i use a pumice stick and take care of that daily. and my pedicure is free!! that means no tip either!! i get the massage, and lots of good conversation!! when i need to i can get up and walk around. oh! and i have my favorite beverage, a cold pepsi, right by my side. wow! who could ask for anything more? <:P Jenny :)
  • sorry, but the way you put it made me laugh: "Why Not? NOW I know why not!" I learned the hard way with that one myself.
  • jenny that is so nice i remember the days my hubby would do my feet(this was before my back hurt and i could of just bent over and done it myself but then again we had only been married a short time .haha how things change.i still do his toes even though i can really only use one arm, but he wont do my toes, he says ill do anything for you honey just not the toes, so last time i had him vacuum the whole house heheheheh
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  • :) patsy, we have been married almost 30 years and i am so lucky to have his support in every way. it sounds like you have a keeper as well! =D> Jenny :)
  • Wow, can I borrow them? I promise to send him right back, after the pedi, massage, and vacuuming. It sounds like you guys have yours' nice housebroke. I also have some painting I would like done.

    I have to keep my sense of humor. It's about the only thing I have left! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has made this mistake. Still having back spasms, but some improvment. Will call my doc tomorrow. I know I'll have to wait for him to stop laughing, before he can give me any advice. Have a great Sun afternoon.

  • Before I even had back problems my sis and I were in "Bed, Bath & Beyond" and they had two of them set up as demo's. My sister is like going crazy over this chair, just loving it. Meanwhile I'm thinking this freakin thing is a torture chair.

    Oh and I can't even get my husband to give me a back rub let alone do my toes. He did mop the kitchen floor the other day for me, I'm not sure if I will be able to get him to vacume though. He used to lay carpet for a living and must have some bad memories of it. :)
  • Man I could never use one of those chairs. Just the thought of it gives me the creeps from the pain it would cause,as I do have a lot of back and neck problems.There really are a lot of things that people can not do after having back surgery and even before they have back surgery. Its strange to me to think of all the things I have had to give up over the last few years.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630
    I've tried those massage chairs and I tend to agree with what Paul said. They were more of a toture device. I hurt more after those 'sessions to the chair' They didn't damage anything but just caused a good temporary flare up.

    Also, 24 hrs a day 7 days a week, if you are having problems that seem above and beyond what is normal and IF you doctor answering service does not respond, the Emergency Room at Hospitals is your next step.

    As far as those rice heating pads and rice coming out, you can always substitute by using a towel, totally wet and put it into the microwave for about 4 minutes. (just not too hot). Use another towel first directly on the spot, then use the heated towel. It wont last as long as the rice pads, but will provide moist warm heat.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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