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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

What massage techniques are used for post lumbar fusion?

Friska Streeter (Mokena, IL) on Jul 25, 2012
In general, neuromuscular therapy is the best idea for this condition. Lymphatic drainage can also help. Depending on the condition of the muscles, hydrotherapy may be required. If the area is inflamed, ice it. The goal of any post-surgical massage is to diminish the development of scar tissue and preserve mobility in the affected area.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Jul 25, 2012
Very careful ones. The therapist should avoid pressing on the fused vertebrae, although the fusion actually keeps them fairly safe. Massage may help if you have muscle tension. If the pain is just localized in the back, it may very likely help you. If you feel a tingling or pain running down your leg, that is a danger sign that the therapist is impinging a nerve! Tell them immediately, and avoid that area.
Betty Shields (Sioux Falls, SD) on Jul 25, 2012
First of all never get a massage after surgery until 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. Second the massage should be tailored to the clients comfort and treatment also. A person after having this kind of surgery needs to learn how to bend and also the therapist needs to watch for scar tissue damage in the time following of treatment. Everyone is different and needs and treatments should not be the same with the clients.
Melissa Phillips (Chattanooga, TN) on Jul 25, 2012
You want Stability before mobility, lumbar fusions take aprox. 6 to 9 months to heal. Know that working the muscles will cause mobility and relieve pain however, know how much mobility that the ct/pt can handle. You would want to treat the psoas, QL, Transverse abdominus, errector spinae, hamstrings, Quads, & calves ( soleus, gastrominamus). Eff, pet, soft kneeding of the Lumbar. No deep tissue work until healed. Make sure to splint the body for stability on the table. When ct/pt turning over, have them to log roll over with your help. Some gentile stretching of the hips/lumbar region than later on to myofascial release. Please exercise you right for a Doctors release and/or referral before beginning any work on this serious surgery.
Sara Proffer (Marquette, MI) on Jul 25, 2012
Many modalities can be effective. Try several different techniques to discover which you prefer.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
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Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Aug 24, 2012
The muscles of the back after surgery develop lots of scarring. A myofascial, trigger point, or muscular balance technique would work best for the areas. The pay attention to the scarring patterns and would help decrease the stagnation of blood due to the scarring. Thank you.