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Hi everyone, I've been reading a lot of the discussions for the last several weeks and thought I'd post.  I had a T9-S1 spinal fusion at the end of July to correct my scoliosis.  I'm doing well now at 20 weeks post-op.  I'm trying to figure out now what I can do professionally.  Up until surgery I was a stay-at-home mom/homemaker for that last several years (the several years I didn't work because of chronic back pain).  Now I want to pursue something, ideally I'd like to pursue massage therapy.  I asked one of my surgeons and he doesn't seem to think it will be a problem.  I'm wondering if I'm crazy to think I could do this career.  I'm willing to wait a good year before starting classes, but any opinions would be helpful.  Thanks for your insight.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,419

    Sounds like your doctor says its ok.   But does he know what kind of massage.  Or even what kind of massage therapy are you thinking about?

    The simple, soothing Sweedish massages , I cant see causing any problems.

    But when you get into Deep Soft/Tissue massage, that could present a problem.  I've had this type of massage for the past 6 years now. The Thai expert I am seeing gets drained after working on me.  45 minutes of hard deep massaging is not the easiest task to perform.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Going to massage therapy school involves all types of massage (Swedish, Deep tissue, Sports, Lymphatic, etc).  So I would have to learn everything but then could specialize in certain areas.  I read about massage therapists "burning out" and how physically demanding the profession is and here I am after an extensive fusion surgery wondering if I'm crazy to think that I could do such a profession.  I would like to work with elderly patients/hospice patients if I pursue it, so I'm assuming that population wouldn't require strenuous massage therapy.

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  • Go for it, your doctor says you could,  like you said you could learn the various kinds of massage and specialise in one that suits you, it would be a blessing to be treated from some one who understands what pain feels like. I worked in age care for years and yes I agree our elderly need more care , some can only lay 24/7 so a gentle massage to keep the blood flowing would be of great benefit. 

  • If I was you considering where you had your problems/surgery I would if possible talk to some therapists see what they feel  or concerns they may have.
    Ron is right that it would depend on the type of therapy you got into. I had a therapist that told me she was so sore at the end of the day she ended up getting therapy herself.
    Just my thoughts Sherri

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