massage therapy and tarlov cyst

Hi everyone,
I'm a massage therapist with a client who is requesting massage for pain associated with a Tarlov cyst. I've researched this condition in order to treat him to the best of my ability but I would like any advice or suggestions from anyone who has this disorder and has received massage therapy to relieve the pain. I don't want to do anything that would make him any worse! I've read that massage can be helpful but I also understand that trauma can activate the cyst. Certainly I don't want to give too deep a pressure. Please help me help my client. And medical advice would be appreciated also.

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Hi, Great you want to help. I had a naturopath who did massage as well and it really helped the pain. She always started on the opposite side to the pain as she said she could feel how tense the muscles were on the other side. She also used suction cups sometimes, With this slow approach she even managed to relieve my sciatia for a few weeks at a time. Hope you can help your patient, let us know how it goes

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thank you, oh so much! i hadn't even thought of cupping but i can try that too.

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I would find out exactly where that cyst is and have a firm idea which nerves are involved before touching this person's back.

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I had a huge cyst, S-1 thru S-5 left and right, all compressed. My massage therapist didn't know my diagnosis at that time (thought I had a bad disk). He was very gentle and did pressure point release,mainly in my periformis. Made me feel better for a couple hours or so, but not for long. He certainly never made me any worse. However, if he had manipulated my sacrum and put pressure on my cyst, that probably would have caused a flare. Agree with Missylou, information is important.

Chis

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I think it depends more on where the pain is, as my natuopath didn't know where my cysts were, she was just very carefuf to ask where the pain was, and they usually can feel where the muscles are in spasm, I was amazed how it worked for me as I had tried acupuncture and it made it much worse

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I go all the time for messages But will not let them touch or press hard where the cysts are. But it helps me alot. Just becareful not to press hard where the cyst are. You can call Tarlov cyst foundation and find out more.

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