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Spine and Back Health

Massage therapy

11/05/2008

Question:

I went to my family doctor because I was having pain and stiffness in my back. I also have rheumatoid arthritis. He told me that I was having muscle spasms. He gave me Norflex and told me to goto a massage therapist. I have never had it done before. I am half afraid to go because I don`t want to end up in more pain then I already in from my RA. How does a massage help with back pain and normal do most people need to go more the once?

Answer:

Hello, thank you for your question. Massage therapy can be very helpful for people with muscle spasms. As long as they don’t do very aggressive “manipulations” or “adjustments”, trying to “re-align” your spine, you should be fine. Make sure they know you have RA. It is common for people to need several sessions or treatments. Good luck.

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University