Fibromyalgia and Massage: The Benefits

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder causing pain and fatigue in the muscles and fibrous tissues all over the body. The condition maintains a low profile, even though it’s thought that up to two million people in the UK may suffer from it.

Those with fibromyalgia most commonly experience chronic pain, seemingly for no reason. Often, people feel this pain around the shoulders, neck, upper chest and buttocks. Other symptoms of the condition include muscle stiffness, tiredness, poor sleep and headaches.

Many of these symptoms are ailments that massage therapists commonly address every day. In this article we’ll take a closer look at the symptoms of fibromyalgia and if massage therapy can treat them.

 

Fibromyalgia and massage

The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia and How Massage Might Help

Though we don’t yet know the cause of fibromyalgia, there are some things doctors are more certain about. Firstly, the condition primarily effects women aged between 30 and 50. Secondly, studies show that the condition flares up around certain pressure points.

There’s no simple cure for fibromyalgia. Doctors may prescribe painkillers, antidepressants and talking therapies, as well as recommending exercise. But these treatments may not be the only way to relieve the symptoms of this painful condition. Massage, with its soothing techniques for body and mind, offers an array of benefits that directly challenge the pains and problems of fibromyalgia.

The firm pressure and slow strokes of a deep tissue massage are designed to work muscle tissue and reduce tension. When applied to the common flashpoints of fibromyalgia, this form of massage treatment can loosen nearby muscles and alleviate pain. And the benefits of massage don’t stop at your muscles. The holistic benefits of massage therapy can combat the symptoms of fibromyalgia in other ways.

Firstly, massage improves blood flow. For some people, this can reduce the physical effects of headaches. Secondly, the relaxing experience of a massage reduces stress and improves mental clarity. Fibromyalgia is a stressful condition, so it’s important to take some time out for yourself. Finally, massage has been shown to improve sleep, which is indispensable for mental and physical healing.

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As we’ve seen, there’s a lot of crossovers between the symptoms of fibromyalgia and massage therapy’s relieving effects. Of course, massage therapy is not a cure, nor a one-size-fits-all treatment. But it can deliver real relief for ailments of all kinds.

At The Wellness Sanctuary, all our massage therapy begins with listening to the client. To find out more about our massage services, reach out to us online or by phone. Our friendly therapists are always ready to hear about your symptoms, and suggest the best massage treatment for you.