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severe tightness in back and muscle spasms



  • Hello, I was doing a search regarding deep tissue massage... and I came across this.

    I am currently receiving deep tissue massage because of pain, and it has been going on for months now.

    What I can say is that - yes, it does hurt. yes pain can go from one area to another, and yes I have mobility back and lots of circulation back.

    When there is connective tissue, it makes a burning sensation, and when there is muscles tightly stuck together there is pain that can radiate all the way up to your head.

    From what you said, you did weight training. I did also... after a while, I wasn't making any gains, and I was getting fat. Turns out my muscles were completely tense and had very little blood flowing to them. My body wasn't responding to stretching either. After massage, I, at least have mobility back in my arm, shoulder and hips... my headaches are gone also (though they might have started also when he started working on my shoulder)... now we need to fix my lower back and where my ribs are.

    I can't say that I am pain free yet, but I am hoping. Last time I felt like he did something that made me feel totally different in my lower back, though most of my pain was more in my flank... but I feel like it is coming from somewhere else also. We shall see... but if you have a solution besides massage, I would love to hear it! I was curious about botox or some muscle relaxers.
  • Hello,

    I certainly feel for you. I have been going through the same thing for about 13 months. I will have severe muscle tightness in my back with spasms. I have been on flexeril, tizanidine, and mataxalone before. They relaxed me enough to sleep at night but nothing other than that. I tried epsom salt baths, they would help me sleep but I'd wake up knots. I tried physical therapy which helped me reclaim some mobility in my life and I have started going for regular jogs, which while it sounds stressfull for my already tight back muscles, it actually helps! I have refused to accept these tight bands of muscle for the long term and I have been looking for still more treatment options. I say try physical therapy and stretching; you wont feel a difference for a few weeks but afterwards you'll be glad you did. My spine specialist wants me to have an MRI before doing in trigger point injections, but were having to fight insurance. -__- If you get to have an injection, tell me how that goes. It's my last resort right now becasue I don't know what else to do. I just want someone to fix it! I have a regular masseus who I see every 2 weeks faithfully, and she helps iron out the kinks in my back. For the record, no massage should EVER be done directly on the spinal column! Dont let that bad experience ruin future massages for you. They have wonderful benefits! Best of luck to you!
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    edited 10/13/2016 - 4:16 PM
    The member that created this discussion has not been on the forum for 2 yrs so will not respond, to prevent confusion I will close this discussion


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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