Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Deep Tissue Massage

In my last post I reported about my first visit to an acupuncturist. I have had 2 appointments and apparently it wasn't working. Immediately after I received acupuncture I could feel a big difference, but the next day it was back to normal.  After my latest appointment the doctor explained that it would take about 8 or 10 visits for me notice a big difference. When I arrived for the appointment she asked if I had any improvement since my last visit. I told her that I had not really noticed any difference, other than the relief of pain immediately after the procedure. She then suggested that I try deep tissue massage.  I thought about it for a minute and said, "why not? It couldn't hurt." Boy was I wrong!

I had always thought that a massage was supposed to be extremely pleasant and relaxing. I have experienced massage chairs and light massages, so I thought a deep tissue massage would get right to the root of my lower back pain.  It was nothing like I had imagined. Naturally I could not see what the doctor was doing, but I could only envision some ancient type of Chinese torture. It felt as though she was drilling her finger nails into my skin and them tearing the skin from my back, layer by layer. A couple of times I let out a slight scream and felt like vomiting once, because of the sever pain. I think I actually would rather have a root canal, than this massage. When the massage was finally finished, the pain continued for another 15 minutes under the heat lamp. I can definitely say that this was the most painful procedure I have ever endured.

When I got off the table I no longer feel any of my original back pain. Only the pain and heat from the massage. It has been 5 hours since my deep tissue massage and my lower back pain has not returned. Looking in the mirror I can see that my back is red an raw with numerous welts lining my spine and lower back. Even though the pain was unbearable I am scheduled to return in 1 week, after the wounds heal. I gave modern medicine a chance and nothing helped,  so I will now give alternative medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine an equal chance. I really don't have anything to lose, but my  chronic lower back pain.

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