questionshow many of you get massages?

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I get (2) 1-hour full body swedish massages every week (Mon/Thur). I injured my back/shoulder on my last deployment to Iraq, and the massages help tremendously.

I hate taking pain pills, and I have to say that a good massage beats a pain killer any day.

That and the massages are paid for by the VA :) So definitely not missing an appointment if I can help it.

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@devexityspace: Thanks for your service. What branch were you in?

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I wish. I have such a hard time justifying spending $60 on a massage. Though I'm always happy to buy one as a suprise gift for my wife every once and a while

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@mfladd: TY. Spent 5 years in the Active ARMY. 3RD ID, Fort Stewart GA; 1 Deployment to Kuwait, 1 to Iraq. Never got a chance to go to Afghanistan though.. I kind of miss it.

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Once a month, at least. Getting old, very tense with the startup companies and muscles are tense. It is much better than pain killers.

And @devexityspace, thanks for your service.

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I was getting about 1 a week to try and help my back until the insurance stopped them as for having "no discernible improvement". I know the weeks I got massages I felt less like crap, but what can you do?

Still, massages are awesome, they really do help with the pain. I much would rather have a massage over vicodin.

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I married a massage therapist. I was certain I had hit the massage jackpot. Instead, I give them to her all the time and rarely get one in exchange. What a dirty trick, eh?

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@devexityspace: I did mine in the Air Force long ago and in a much easier time (Reagan) than yours. Thank you again for your service.

p.s. the air force eats better :)

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Just now got back from my weekly massage therapy session - was rear-ended in my tiny car by a guy in a Lincoln Navigator in early April and the massage helps with neck and back pain. It's what gets me through the week without having to take muscle relaxers/pain meds.

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Once every other week when the masseuse came to our office on lunch hour.

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@mfladd: lol The Air Force eats better, sleeps better, and has nicer bases :D

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Swedish or regular therapeutic massage is wonderful. Rolfing -eeek. I tried that once - never again. Pay for pain? No Way.

For thos of you who have served our country, blessings.

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@nastyducky: SEE! That's exactly what happened to me, and it really DOES help but they cut me off! I've been hurting a lot worse since so I've been taking more vicodin to try and control it, but why the hell would I rather take a pill to just cover it up rather than get a massage and actually get relief! I swear some days I want to punch someone.

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@devexityspace: we use to have the army guys come thru on deployment and could not believe are rooms were more like dorms. - 2 to a room, air conditioning, wall to wall carpeting, shower massages, and civilian run cafeterias (notice I didn't say messes). They were in shock back in the day. Is that how it still is?

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I get them daily! Wait...I thought it said messages...my bad!

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The latest trend in shopping/strip malls are the massage stores. Massage Envy is the latest one and a 1hr for a 1st time customer is $39.99. I think it is $49.99 thereafter.

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Massage for Hubby - Weekly. Massage for Wifey - hummmm.

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I've had massages/PT/Chiro before and they feel good but I didn't find them to be the ultimate cure. My back issues are between my shoulder blades. I went to an acupuncturist who did cupping and the results were notable and lasting. Insurance doesn't cover it anymore, so that stopped. I'm thinking of purchasing an arm bicycle. If anyone can recommend a brand that would be great!

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@tiamat114: I'm sorry you can't get massage anymore - taking pain meds truly sucks. So do insurance companies sometimes.

I only have a few sessions left, then have to be re-evaluated to see if I can have more. I suspect they'll say no because I haven't had significant problems recently, but they don't understand it's because I'm having the massages. A real Catch-22, you see. The next best thing I've found that helps is walking for half an hour first thing in the morning.

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@cindihoward: thanks, mine was a long time ago it seems. Do you know how old I feel saying I served during the cold war before the break-up of the Soviet Union? ugh.

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@capguncowboy: Ask her who she recommends from her workplace to give you a massage; let her know that if she won't do the heavy lifting for what you need you'll contract it out.

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@paulpnevada: This thread is like 7 months old... lol, but I like the way you think!