Fibromyalgia: Management Through Massage
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is associated with widespread chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems and mood changes. 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. Professional massage therapy concentrates on techniques that encourage 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.
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 better night's rest. Deep sleep is truly beneficial to 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 Won't 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. You should feel comfortable communicating to ensure a soothing, therapeutic massage every time. If you ever have questions, please consult your doctor before beginning any therapy.
Relief Through Therapy
Studies show 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. 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 utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you go, the healthier you feel.
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The Touch Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine