Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder that affects muscles, tendons and ligaments. People with this can feel muscle pain, stiffness and twitching as well as have impaired coordination. Sometimes, the pain can be so intense that they can feel it in their joints. Some people suffering from fibromyalgia say they feel a sharp throbbing pain in specific areas while others ache all over as if they pulled every muscle in their body. The pain can come and go during the day depending on the weather, stress levels and sleep patterns but the sufferer is rarely pain free

Other physical symptoms can include:

• Numbness or tingling in the extremities or the face
• Heightened sensitivity of the skin
• Headaches
• Dizziness
• Intestinal problems
• Overactive bladder

They can also be affected psychologically:

• Insomnia (chronic fatigue)
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Memory and loss of concentration

How Massage Can Help

Since there is no cure for fibromyalgia, we need to treat the symptoms. Massage therapy can be a very effective natural way of doing this. Massage therapist know how to alleviate stress, and pain as well work on the digestive system. Once these areas are taking care of, depression, anxiety, insomnia, aches and pains can be diminished and the fibromyalgia can be more tolerated.

Stress, anxiety, insomnia, concentration and depression:

Massage therapy can have a huge effect on the nervous system. Massage can relax a person because in can slow down heart rate and respiration. When we feel these affects, anxiety and stress can be diminished and when this happens we are less depressed allowing us to sleep better, concentrate, think more clearly and to have more energy for everyday problems that could come our way. Massage can be seen as forced relaxation and an important tool to help us get back on track with our emotions and the problems that come with that.

The physical aches, pains and tensions:

The effect of a touch that in pleasant on our nerve receptors can replace the feeling of pain. The message that is sent to our brain is a different one. Also, the therapist can use different techniques in order to relax the muscles. When this is done the tensions are diminished, allowing people to feel relief in their tendons and joints as well. While the therapist works, they will also do draining movements that will allow the excess lactic acid that is built up to be cleared out. When this is cleared out from our muscles we can feel less pain.

Digestive problems:

A massage therapist can also incorporate into your session a stomach massage. This will wake up your digestive system and clean it out. When it is cleaned it can function better and problems like constipation and diarrhea can be avoided.

Receiving regular massage sessions can simply give us more days when our fibromyalgia does not seem so bad.

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~ by 1bizzybee on February 7, 2010.

2 Responses to “Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia”

  1. Brigitte – WOW what a fabulous site! Will defnitely pass along your link to friends. Had no idea how well researched you were – guess I’ll be sharing more of my symptoms with you next time I see you for massage. Congratulations!

    Suzanne F

    • Thank you for your encouragement. I’m very passionate about natural therapies and happy to be able to help people and I have to admit that my wonderful clientele inspire me to do so. It’s a very positive exchange.

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