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Fibromyalgia; Management Through Massage Therapy

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is associated with chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems and mood swings . It occurs more often in women than in men, and is not a disease, but rather a syndrome that can be managed. Fortunately, fibromyalgia is not life threatening and does not lead to muscle or joint damage.

Benefits Of Massage Therapy For Fibromyalgia

Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healthcare still in practice. During a massage therapy session A professional therapists will focus on on techniques that stimulate circulation in the muscles, which increases the flow of nutrients and eliminates waste products. This is particularly beneficial for those with fibromyalgia as it can reduce heart rate, relax muscles, improve range of motion in joints and increase production of the body's natural painkillers.

What Massage Techniques Will Be Used?

Depending on your sensitivity levels and tender points, your therapist may utilise Reflexology or various forms of massage for Fibromyalgia, or certain methods that address your specific requests and needs.

Sleep Better, Feel Better

One of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia is waking up tired, even if it seems you've received plenty of sleep. After a therapeutic massage for Fibromyalgia you're likely to feel more relaxed and get a good night's rest. Deep sleep is truly beneficial for managing fibromyalgia as it is during this time that the restorative process occurs. So not only will a therapeutic massage help you wake more refreshed, but you may also experience less pain during the day.

But Wont It Hurt?

Because fibromyalgia causes pain and makes your body extremely sensitive to touch, open lines of communication are vital when it comes to how much pressure your muscles can endure during your session. Bodywork therapists are familiar with the specific needs of those suffering from fibromyalgia, but you should also feel comfortable communicating to your therapist which will ensure a soothing, therapeutic massage every time. If you ever have questions, please consult your doctor before beginning any therapy.

Relief Through Exercise

Research shows according to National Health Services(NHS) Choices(2018) that low-impact exercise programs give people with fibromyalgia relief by raising the levels of natural chemicals in the body that reduce pain and fatigue. You may be reluctant to exercise if you are already tired and in pain, but there are several options now available to you. Regular Pilates practice can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension.

What Are The Benefits Of Regular Massage For Fibromyalgia

Here's the beauty of massage: Not only does each session feel great, but also the therapeutic benefits are compounded when massage is utilised as a frequent therapy. The more you go, the healthier you feel.


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