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Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia and Massage

Fibromyalgia is a condition that has symptoms such as widespread pain and other symptoms that limit your daily activities. Along with medical attention, massage therapy can help manage this pain. Massages are relaxing, often reducing pain, and improve the quality of life.

What is fibromyalgia?

There isn’t a single cause that has been identified with this condition; however physical trauma can trigger its onset. Other causes could be emotional trauma, infections, stress, or sleep disturbances.

Most patients that have this condition have pain in multiple sites throughout the body; however, it is likely that it starts in a region such as the back, neck or shoulders and spreads over time. Fibromyalgia may also cause other symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and trouble concentrating.

Massages to create relief

Pain relief. With fibromyalgia, pain can be caused by lack of sleep, stress, long periods of inactivity, and other emotional factors. By deeply relaxing, massage can help focus your attention to the sensation of a caring touch instead of constantly feeling pain.

Massages also increase circulation which cleanses tissues of uncomfortable fluid buildup and inflammation. By increasing oxygen and nutrition flow to its contracted muscles, it allows them to relax.

Stress relief. Stress can also be a special problem for people who suffer with fibromyalgia, since studies show it heightens pain sensitivity. Massages calm the nervous system, slow and deepen the breath, and relax muscle tension. At a decreased stress level, energy is freed up for other vital functions, and the fading of anxiety are all benefits of massages. Also, with the knowledge there is something you can do to often alleviate your symptoms, it can help you reduce your stress.

Better sleep. Poor sleep is a common aliment for people suffering with fibromyalgia. After the sensation of a massage, you will feel rested and relaxed and are more likely to experience a deeper and better sleep.

Emotional support. Your massage therapist will listen and take your symptoms very seriously. Massages give a skillful, caring touch.

Support for exercise. Constant exercise is essential for improvement. Massages have the potential to make it easier to exercise properly.

Improved breathing. Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia have shallow breathing patterns that can aggravate pain. Massage therapists can help release your tight muscles that are restricting your breathing patterns and work with you to establish good habits.

Massage, a gentle approach

Massages are meant to be enjoyable. If touch is too painful for you, your therapist will work with you to fulfill your body’s needs.

Be aware that any treatment is another input to your system, which could already be overtaxed. Short and gentle sessions may be best for you in the beginning. Although it may take several sessions to begin to feel the benefits, with regular massage treatment, this may help relieve your pain with fibromyalgia.

Meeting your individual needs

It is possible that your needs may change from session to session. You should be prepared to inform your therapist about your symptoms, changes in health, and medications. You should also inform your doctor that you are receiving massage therapy.

Make sure to tell your therapist what feels good and what does not. If you desire, it is possible for the therapist to focus in one area and still feel the relaxation throughout your body. Try to give feedback about pressure or tenderness and also fatigue after a session.

Along with massages, you can support the healing by drinking water, eating well, getting adequate rest, and listening to your body’s warning signals to slow down and relax. You might try meditation or yoga to reduce stress level.

Your return to good health

Over time, you can improve with the right combination of massages and supportive measures. You can move toward better sleep, pain relief, and increased energy. Your therapist will be a caring partner in your journey to return to good health.