It's an irony that something that should make you feel good eventually makes you experience something negative. Yes deep skin massage in the neck area may cause vertigo when the blood supply called "vertebral arteries" are severely compressed by the massage. These arteries arise from the base of your shoulders and run vertically at each side behind the neck area.
So I suggest that next time, go easy on the neck. Have a relaxing and worry free massage. Good day and regards.
I am a massage therapist and beg to differ. Massage can actually help vertigo because it decreases hypertonicity (tension) in the neck allowing freedom for the arteries to do their job better because they are allowed to dilate to their normal size rather than be constricted by hypertonic muscles.
I had physical therapy a coupleof years ago. After I laid on my stomach having had my face in the hole in the table, I would be dizz if I moved my head. This would last about a half hour. I just wonder if it is related to the neuropathy t I have.???????????????????????????/
I have had low level, chronic dizziness coupled with migraines going on every single day for 8 months now. I was having low grade migraines for a few months when I started physical therapy for tight shoulder and neck muscles. Within a week, I felt like I was walking into walls, etc. I thought maybe the P.T. is "helping", opening up stuff in my neck. One day, after doing "chin tucks", I experienced the room shifting sideways, just about 15 minutes after the chin tucks. I had no idea why it happened, so I did the chin tucks again the same day, and boom! 15 minutes later I had the room shift again. I still didn't connect it to the chin tucks (I know, duh!), though I was slightly suspicious. A few months later, I was doing some neck stretches at home based on a yoga book and I felt like I over stretched my neck and stopped. Since the next morning my vertigo that has been with me ever since (that was in September, 2014). It's been 8 months now and have been the hardest time of my life, basically. So be very VERY careful with P.T. on your neck or even neck stretches.
I had a very intensive deep tissue massage that was isolating between my shoulder blades and neck area last Friday. Saturday morning I woke up spinning with my eyes going back and forth, making me sick to my stomach and dry heaved. I ended up in the ER for 5 hours! after a Catscan, and hanging on to the bed in a panic they gave me Valuim to help the spinning. It did help some. Its now 6 days later. I am about 80% better but still spin when turning my head certain ways or move to fast. I can't help to put the 2 together. Fortunately my neck feels better from the massage but I seriously don't think it was worth the vertigo, that scared the crap out of me!
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