• Got so ill after massage therapy!!!

    Asked by cranburymom on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    Got so ill after massage therapy!!!

    I had worst time (side-effects) from my 4th round of chemo (TCH). So 10 days later, I decided to have neuromascular massage therapy from a certified and well recommended person. it was GOOD then, and immediately felt so ill, a flu-like symptoms, nausea, and general weakness and headache, etc. I felt like all toxins from muscles and connective tissues are releasing toxins at the same time. Yes, I drunk much fluid but this was a surprise. I had to lay down for a while. Does anyone know why, and/or had a similar experience????

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    • markmather's Avatar

      I was only able to have very light massage during and after treatment. You are correct in that it releases toxins from muscles and organs you probably arent ready to have released yet, or maybe you are and the high fluid intake will help the kidneys start to flush. My kidneys were not working to well after treatment so I had a tough time approaching things like massage and bodywork for fear I wouldnt discharge the toxins. Be sure and get plenty of rest after a massage. Keep the faith.

      over 4 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I was told not to have a full massage until about 8 weeks after finishing chemo due to the toxin release. I love massage therapy and feel it does play an important role in healing. Instead, I have been going to rest and restore yoga. You get into very comfortable positions and stay there for a while. They also sometimes do reiki during the class which I really believe in.

      My cancer journey has taught me that I have to modify my life slightly and find enjoyment and happiness in new things. For everything I have had to give up during my journey, I have found an alternative that has helped fill that gap. Try some new ways to relax and restore!

      over 4 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar

      I also heard to be careful with massage while on chemo.
      Sorry you had a bad experience with it...

      over 4 years ago
    • cranburymom's Avatar

      Thank you all!
      Great to hear the similar experience, and the relevant information. With this I do not need to feel that I am getting crazy or something.
      I Love Reiki!
      My husband signed up to become Reiki master. I decided to go with him. I will let you know how it goes.



      over 4 years ago

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