Two of the most common spinal procedures performed in recent years are discectomies and nerve root decompressions, according to a case study published in the National Institutes of Health. Both surgical procedures help alleviate pain from disc herniations and although they correct this underlying spinal dysfunction, other therapeutic techniques may be required to maximize healing. The previously mentioned study looked into the effects of massage therapy after a spinal fusion and decompression surgery.
The purpose of the case study was to determine whether or not massage therapy was advantageous in reducing common post-procedural side effects such as pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and decreased flexibility. The results from the study can be seen below:
- Hamstring length improved
- Disability improved 14%
- Pain scores decreased by 2 points
Although the study showed promising results, these effects were only apparent after three to seven treatments. Additionally, the results were considered short-term benefits. Further research about the long-term effects of massage therapy will need to be conducted. If you’re interested in receiving a massage after your spine surgery, be sure to clear it with Dr. Mark Giovanini first. It’s important you do not receive a massage before you’re done healing from surgery.
This rule actually applies to any post-rehabilitation program. Dr. Mark Giovanini will perform the necessary follow-up evaluations before recommending alternative therapies. Call 850-934-74545 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Giovanini today!
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