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Posted by: Jane Hopwood, 29 Apr 2012 4:05PM
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REACTION TO MASSAGE?


A client of mine (who has been regular on and off) had a disturbing experience after my holistic massage at 9a.m. She has bursitis of left hip and left shoulder. I did not massage anywhere near these joints. Her adductor muscles were very tight. Feedback few hours after appointment was - good, bit achy, feel more supple, hip settled and posture better. Next day feedback was that 4.00 in the morning she woke up with a terrible burning pain that went up back of both legs from achilles to posterior thigh and then round front of shins up to anterior thigh muscles. She said the pain was horrendous. The following day she said she was achy but ok. Help!

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Nicki Lee
29 Apr 2012 4:59PM

Hi Jane, Well, that's an interesting one. I'm sorry both you and your client had such a distressing experience - pain and some fright for client, and it's hard not to feel guilty at a strong reaction even when you've done nothing wrong. Of course this is all conjecture not knowing the client and history, but: With bilateral sensations like that it sounds like it must be coming from the spine. It could be the treatment, quite rightly, caused the body to make some shifts and possibly when it was adjusting pressure was put on the sciatic nerve causing these sensations. If they had gone on I would certainly have recommended seeing the doctor immediately, as nerve damage could result if it goes on for any length of time. You didn't say how long it went on, only that achy the next day, so sounds brief and I would guess was settling. Might have been the relaxtion and adjustments, combined with how she was sleeping, put pressure on her spine. Of course there's always a chance that it was coincidence and nothing to do with the treatment. It's easy for me to say, not experiencing the pain, but unless it happens again I wouldn't worry about it. The body does strange things when adjusting itself and it does seem it was transient. She can always see the doctor if she's worried. And when I say adjusting, I'm not suggesting you performed 'an adjustment' as osteopaths do, just that our work quite rightly causes the body to make changes, and in doing so there can be discomfort at times. Good luck, and I'd be interested to know how it progresses if there are any problems. Nicki
Jane Hopwood
30 Apr 2012 8:22AM

Hi thanks Nikki. She is ok now. I have massaged her many times before and nothing like this has happened. She has another massage booked but I have asked her to check with her doctor. It could be the spine as she had accident many years ago and she was booked in with the pain clinic. She said she can still contact them and I have asked her to. I will let you know what transpires.
Mike Colquhoun
30 Apr 2012 7:37PM

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