Hi 3 weeks ago I suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax, since then my breathing has been fine and minimal pain except that the muscles in my neck and shoulders have tensed. I usually have aromatherapy massage or sports massage to cure this. But A masseuse was reluctant to perform the treatment due to the pneumothorax. Does anyone know if massage and pressure can increase the risk of reccurance?
Sorry for the delayed response.
I can see why your masseuse would be hesitant.
I'd be on the safe side and avoid any strain across the top half of your body until you get official approval by your doctor.
Perhaps doing gentle range of motion exercises to your neck and shoulders.
I love aromatherapy too :-)
Why not do a warm bath with lavender or eucalyptus after the exercises?
If it doesn't work then NSAIDS may help if you have no contraindications.
I hope you feel better. Spontaneous pneumothorax can be a very scary experience!
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