|Fibromyalgia is a chronic and painful condition that can affect every area of your
life. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you probably ache all over and have trouble
sleeping at night. You may experience severe fatigue and you may be anxious,
perhaps even depressed, about feeling the way you do.
If you believe you have fibroyalgia, you should consult a physician who is
experienced with it. Medical attention along with gentle consistent massage
therapy can help you in managing this difficult and painful condition.
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What is fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia literally translates as fiber or fibrous "fibro". muscle "myo", and pain "algia". It is defined as widespread
pain throughout the body for at least three months, and pain upon pressure in 11 or more of 18 specific tender
point sites. SEE CHART ABOVE
Fibromyalgia may come on suddenly or develop over time. There is no single identifiable cause, although physical
trauma such as auto accidents or surgery can be a major trigger for it's onset. Other causes may include infections,
stress, sleep disturbances, or severe emotional trauma even from years past.
Pain relief with massage
A relentless cycle of pain may be aggravated by lack of sleep, stress, physical and emotional factors. Massage
stimulates the release of endorphins, your body's natural pain killers, which can alleviate depression and insomnia.
Massage increases circulation, which cleanses tissues of irritating by-products of inflammation. Massage increases
nutrition flow to contracted muscles. Your muscles can relax. Headaches may be eased, and the frequency and
severity of flare-ups may be reduced. Massage assists in breaking the pain cycle.
Stress relief and better sleep
Massage calms the nervous system, relaxes muscle tension, slows and deepens breathing. Decreased stress levels
allows more energy for vital functions needed for maximum healing. Massage may offer a deeper and more
restorative sleep. Improved sleep may influence your sensitivity to pain leaving you with increased energy to regain
function and better health.
Communication with your therapist
Massage should be an enjoyable break from pain and anxiety. If touch is often painful to you, your massage
therapist will work with you gently and slowly. Your needs may change from one session to the next depending on
how you feel on that day, so tell your massage therapist what feels good and what does not. Try to give accurate
feedback about pressure or tenderness. Inform your massage therapist about how you feel after your session. If
there has been a change in your health, symptoms, and medications always inform your massage therapist.
Communication is the key.