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Is massage ok for pain in the back of calf?

Is massage ok for pain in the back of calf?

Calf pain: As long as your calf pain is not coming from a clot. That would be associated with deep calf pain and swelling of the leg and foot. If it is a clot, massage would be contraindicated. ...Read more

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Intractable trigger point in medial calf of 1.5yr duration. What can I do about it (massage relief only temporary)?

Intractable trigger point in medial calf of 1.5yr duration. What can I do about it (massage relief only temporary)?

Common site: This is a very common site for a trigger point but also fairly difficult to resolve. See a pmr doctor or rheumatologist there are several medicines that might help (narcotics wont) several disorders that might affect it and a physical therapy prescription would be helpful. ...Read more

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I had a massage today and masseuse noticed a lump on the back of my calf. I haven't had injury and she said it wasn't a knot?

I had a massage today and masseuse noticed a lump on the back of my calf. I haven't had injury and she said it wasn't a knot?

Check your veins: Lumps on the back of calves could be from deep veins engorgements, which need to be checked for ruling out deep vein thrombosis at an early date. ...Read more

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Apart from r.I.C.E. What must I do for quick rehab of injured (no tear) calf muscle? Would massage help? What about epsom salt bath 2 / day? Thanks

Apart from r.I.C.E. What must I do for quick rehab of injured (no tear) calf muscle? Would massage help? What about epsom salt bath 2 / day? Thanks

Mild stretching OK: Seek the advice of a physical therapist to assist you with a personalized rehabilitation program under the guidance of your treating physician. A tailored efficient program will serve you best in your efforts to enjoy a quick recovery of function. ...Read more

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What can I do if massage therapist put too much focused pressure down midline of calf and now I can't do calf raise and have pain/numbness?

What can I do if massage therapist put too much focused pressure down midline of calf and now I can't do calf raise and have pain/numbness?

See a doctor: If these symptoms persist beyond a few days, it would be best to see a doctor to determine what could be wrong. If the symptoms get much worse quickly see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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From side of hip down to calf pain mostly when lay down. Have to lay on back. Heatpad somewhat helps massageing the hip muscle and calf helps?

From side of hip down to calf pain mostly when lay down. Have to lay on back. Heatpad somewhat helps massageing the hip muscle and calf helps?

You need more than: You need more than that to relieve your pain. See your PCP and get a referral to see a Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist who is an osteopath (NMM/OMT) in your network. He or she can assess you to see what is underlying your sciatic nerve or other muscle strains and then decompress you to relieve your pain quickly. S/he will do imaging if warranted or make a referral. Time to get relief! ...Read more

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If scar tissue deep in the calf due to sports inj is not treated (massage etc) will it become permanent and have to be removed surgically later on?

If scar tissue deep in the calf due to sports inj is not treated (massage etc) will it become permanent and have to be removed surgically later on?

No: Scarring in the muscle is not like the skin. There is excellent blood supply for full healing. Deformity may result from a deep injury, but surgery does not make it normal. See an orthopedic surgeon if pain spreads to the knee or bone. ...Read more

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Left calf pain about 1 week. Sudden onset and not better w/rest, heat, ice, or massage. No recent surgery or strenuous activity. What could this be?

Left calf pain about 1 week. Sudden onset and not better w/rest, heat, ice, or massage. No recent surgery or strenuous activity. What could this be?

Be seen: There are multiple possibilities, many of which are quite benign; but when you talk about the sudden, a traumatic onset of calf pain you always need to consider the possibility of a blood clot which is potentially life threatening and so I would encourage you to be seen to have this ruled out. ...Read more

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I'm 31yr n 5"3 tall n49 kgs what r d benefits of swimming to me as I'm already in proportion. Need toned calf muscles n healthy thighs. My mcle gets.

I'm 31yr n 5"3 tall n49 kgs what r d benefits of swimming to me as I'm already in proportion. Need toned calf muscles n healthy thighs. My mcle gets.

Swiming is a good ex: It is a good exercise. But for that matter any type of exercise is good for your health. But you need to exercise all your musles in your entire body. The best exercises for your legs/calfs are walking fast or running and you can combine both if you like. ...Read more

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Massage therapist told me my calf muscles are tightest she's ever seen (maybe due to years of ballet lessons). What are good ways to loosen them up?

Massage therapist told me my calf muscles are tightest she's ever seen (maybe due to years of ballet lessons). What are good ways to loosen them up?

STRETCH: Stretch, stretch daily and then, stretch again.
You are predetermined to a certain size tendons and muscle mobility by genetics, but you can help yourself by stretching. ...Read more

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I received a full body massage yesterday and today my left calf muscle has a sore spot. Should I be worried?

I received a full body massage yesterday and today my left calf muscle has a sore spot. Should I be worried?

Probably not: The masseuse probably bruised you. Watch the bruise over the next few days to make sure it begins to disappear. If you easily bruise, you may want to be evaluated by your doctor as this may be a sign of anemia or other illness. But no need to worry at this time as you have a reason for this bruise. ...Read more

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When I manipulate, massage, rub up against may medial tibia nerve I get a numbing shock from the area just below calf muscle through to my toes.

When I manipulate, massage, rub up against may medial tibia nerve I get a numbing shock from the area just below calf muscle through to my toes.

Think tarsal tunnel: Tarsal tunnel is a condition of of the tibial nerve on near the inside of the ankle. Think of it as like carpal tunnel, but at the ankle instead of the wrist. You can experience, shooting/tingling pain, numbness, weakness and other symptoms around the ankle, and it can radiate into the heel, arch and even toes. Some radiation into the calf is not unusual. See a podiatrist for care options. ...Read more

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Had pain in calf. It was dull and achy and took my whole leg. No redness or hotness. Got a calf massage, now better. Gym 4 days prior. DVT? Worried

Had pain in calf. It was dull and achy and took my whole leg. No redness or hotness. Got a calf massage, now better. Gym 4 days prior. DVT? Worried

Risk stratification: Although statistically speaking, your time in the gym is likely the cause, certainly blood clots can present in a very similar fashion. I would be more concerned if you find that you're involved calf is larger than your uninvolved calf. Also, if you have had a history of deep vein thrombosis, the concern would be higher. If you're healthy and not pregnant a simple blood test can rule it out. ...Read more

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Suddenly had chills along with usual calf pain. My boyfriend massaged my calves and I started to feel warm and better. Tapering off Xanax (alprazolam).

Suddenly had chills along with usual calf pain. My boyfriend massaged my calves and I started to feel warm and better. Tapering off Xanax (alprazolam).

Withdrawal symptoms?: You may be having symptoms from Xanax (alprazolam) withdrawal. Get checked by prescribing doctor or pcp to be sure and exclude other reasons for chills and calf pain. Xanax (alprazolam) tapering needs close medical supervision. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hello, I have almost persistant muscle cramp in my right calf, it dosent go away after massage, and is painful to try and walk. Could it be a dvt?

Calf cramps: Deep vein thrombosis would be strongly considered if there is unilateral associated swelling. Typically there should be risk factors for blood clots ie. Obesity, trauma, sedentary lifestyle, pregnancy or taking birth control pills, or having a family history of blood clots. Need to see your pcp if sxs do not improve with otc advil or aleve (naproxen). ...Read more

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Everything from hips down aches. Hips, buttocks, groin, thighs, knees, shins, calf and ankles. Not from exercise. Had a massage today and it's worse.?

Everything from hips down aches. Hips, buttocks, groin, thighs, knees, shins, calf and ankles. Not from exercise. Had a massage today and it's worse.?

Need evaluation: This could be fibromyalgia. This needs to be differentiated from other rheumatic and musculoskeletal problems.See your physician and you may need to see a rheumatologist ...Read more

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Lumbar puncture done 3+ years ago & still no one can massage/press on that site + about 2-3" around it. Now right foot and calf numb+lower back pain.?

Lumbar puncture done 3+ years ago & still no one can massage/press on that site + about 2-3" around it. Now right foot and calf numb+lower back pain.?

2 events?: Three years later, and ow there is foot numbness? For a problem like this, it is wise to start the evaluation over, with an interview, exam, and perhaps some testing, such as a nerve conduction test. It is conceivable the local pain was from a local injury, but it should not have caused foot numbness 3 years later. ...Read more

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How long can muscle cramps occur in tight calf muscles? Massage therapist said I have a knot in calf. Could knot cause uncomfortable twitches?

How long can muscle cramps occur in tight calf muscles? Massage therapist said I have a knot in calf. Could knot cause uncomfortable twitches?

Muscle cramps: And twitches needs to be assessed by your doctor. It MAY be the result of low magnesium which can be corrected via supplementation. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Sudden calf pain on both legs, the same, tingling in feet, no chest pains, breathing normal, no swelling. Less pain w/ exercise+massage, then comes back?

Sudden calf pain on both legs, the same, tingling in feet, no chest pains, breathing normal, no swelling. Less pain w/ exercise+massage, then comes back?

Not a clot: It sounds like a muscle spasm ("Charley-horse") but hard to say without examination. Blood clot is unlikely without swelling. Infection should be ruled out - do you have fever? ...Read more

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What are the benefits of using a leg press?

What are the benefits of using a leg press?

Improve tone: The use of a leg press if performed under supervision or appropriate guidance will likely accomplish improvement in muscle tone of the lower extremities and buttocks. If performed improperly or excessively could lead to injury. ...Read more

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Intense Leg pain after sitting long time then relieved after exercises or masage. Possible causes?

Intense Leg pain after sitting long time then relieved after exercises or masage. Possible causes?

Leg pain and sitting: One of the worst habits in the US is too much sitting and driving. Puts a lot of strain on our lower backs. Walking and exercise are very helpful so keep it up.
Good luck ...Read more

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The benefits of keeping surgical nails and screws in leg, versus from removing them?

The benefits of keeping surgical nails and screws in leg, versus from removing them?

NONE: They should be removed if SYMPTOMS have developed (eg: PAIN) or x rays are abnormal...

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Tingling down leg five days after massage. Possibly from walking on back?

Tingling down leg five days after massage. Possibly from walking on back?

Could be: And if anyone hasn't told you, walking on the back sounds like a great idea but it's too much weight and force on the spine from above. I'd recommend against it.
As far as the tingling, it could be from a nerve being pinched.
Hopefully the aggressive massage didn't cause a disk problem.
See your family md for eval. ...Read more

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I was born with one leg/feet smaller/shorter than the other one, is there anything I can do now than I'm older (24)/benefits I can receive?

I was born with one leg/feet smaller/shorter than the other one, is there anything I can do now than I'm older (24)/benefits I can receive?

Limb length: There are different modifications you can make to shoe gear and possibly inserts (orthottics) to aid with your condition. You could get a referral to a podiatrist from your pcp. A podiatrist can asses to see if and what kind of limb length issues you may be having. They may get you some relief that may be causing, head, neck, back, hip, knee pain from having a shorter limb. ...Read more