A good friend of mine has Chiari Malformation
(the lower portions of the cerebellum, known as the cerebellar tonsils, protrude through the opening in the skull known as the foramen magnum and into the spinal cord canal.)
She had surgery a few months ago to help correct the problem. (mind you this is a permanent condition) This was done by cutting the back of her skull open, and shaving down the top 2 vertebrae, and placing back the skull.
She can receive regular massages just fine. I am just very weary of massaging her neck. (I'm a confident massage therapist but I don't want to go as far as touching the occipital area since that's where she is most vulnerable)
Is there any possible treatments for post surgery massage to alleviate neck stiffness and pain?