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Old 23rd June 2014, 09:07 AM
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I've got a question to those who had their surgeries. Have you been recommended any physical therapy before surgery? Did you went for massage to relax those tight muscles. If so do you think it made any difference to your posture before surgery? I've got a thing in my mind that the muscles should be able to stretch and I'm thinking whether I can do something to help them stretch. I've just went across Polish document of very well known profesor there, and he is recommending to people very demanding physical therapy prior to surgery, all about 3 hurs per day, and massage of tight muscles on top of that.
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Old 23rd June 2014, 10:34 AM
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Hi Orchid!

It can be very good to exercise before surgery and get yourself as fit as possible, as that often makes recovery quicker. Regarding tight muscles though, please don't worry too much about this. Once you are under anaesthetic they will relax!

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Old 23rd June 2014, 05:28 PM
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Hi guys
I've got a question to those who had their surgeries. Have you been recommended any physical therapy before surgery? Did you went for massage to relax those tight muscles. If so do you think it made any difference to your posture before surgery? I've got a thing in my mind that the muscles should be able to stretch and I'm thinking whether I can do something to help them stretch. I've just went across Polish document of very well known profesor there, and he is recommending to people very demanding physical therapy prior to surgery, all about 3 hurs per day, and massage of tight muscles on top of that.
I didn't have any formal physical therapy sessions, but I exercised a lot with foam rollers to loosen my stiff thoracic curve. I actually gained 3/4 of an inch in height due to better posture before my surgery (5'5" to 5'5 3/4") from rolling up and down on the roller on my back and right side. I feel like "loosening it up" helped me get better correction, then again I'm no expert- I don't think it can do any harm though, as long as you take care not to overdo it.
The site I found (though I kind of just winged it most of the time) How to Improve Thoracic Spine Mobility

You can also start exercising the parts of your body you'll be relying on more (legs, arms, bending from the hips) just in preparation. I've found since my surgery (3 weeks ago) I've been kneeling and propelling myself up a lot with my legs, especially if I drop something. Leg strength really helps.
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