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Too sensitive for massage....?
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Katrina Jones
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Hi everyone

I had a client today who had fractured a couple of lumbar vertebrae about five years ago. He wanted a massage but since his injury has been hypersensitive on his lower back to the point where both the physiotherapist and a specialist gave up working with because he was too sensitive to touch. I worked on his back, neck and shoulders but everytime I touched below the rib cage he couldn’t bear it so I had to stop there. I know when I went to Thailand in Jan I had a hypersensitive Achilles tendon but after a Thai massage (which yes did hurt) it was fine and has been so ever since. Has anyone else come across this and have you got to a point where the client is desensitized enough to work on?

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In such cases I mostly stick to gentle rocking/circling/wiggling movements initially. Definitely no stretches. Then I would use energy techniques like mentally sending healing and relaxing energy to this part of the body or mentally talking to the lower back, asking it to relax and heal. This may sound weird, but I have solid case histories where this kind of method had very good results for clients with severe back issues.

Another thing which would probably work well is using heated herbal packs. This is easy to come by here in Thailand, but in the western world this is not so easy.

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Shama said
In such cases I mostly stick to gentle rocking/circling/wiggling movements initially. Definitely no stretches. Then I would use energy techniques like mentally sending healing and relaxing energy to this part of the body or mentally talking to the lower back, asking it to relax and heal. This may sound weird, but I have solid case histories where this kind of method had very good results for clients with severe back issues.

Another thing which would probably work well is using heated herbal packs. This is easy to come by here in Thailand, but in the western world this is not so easy.  

Brilliant thanks Shama. I’ll try that  if I can.  Hopefully I’ll get the chance to treat him again before he goes back to UK.

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