Fibromyalgia can cause a wide range of issues, ranging from chronic pain to heightened feelings of anxiety. Fortunately, fibromyalgia massage can help you better manage these symptoms.
Fast Fibromyalgia Facts
Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain disorder that causes tenderness to the touch around the body. It includes additional symptoms such as:
- Sleep disturbances
- TMJ disorder
Anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia is all too familiar with the issues it causes, but you may be surprised to learn these facts:
- Over five million people in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia, 80 percent of which are women
- Digestive disorders can be a sign of fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia is both a psychological and physical disease, since it manifests symptoms such as brain fog and chronic pain
- Fibromyalgia may cause heightened senses
The above facts are meant to be a quick primer on the severity of fibromyalgia. Do not use the information to diagnose yourself or anyone else. Always consult a health care professional.
5 Benefits of Fibromyalgia Massage
At Elements of Rockville Centre, fibromyalgia massage typically involves modalities such as myofascial release, Swedish and trigger point therapy. These types of massage therapy can result in numerous benefits that aid in the management of fibromyalgia symptoms.
Depending on your own personal situation and your licensed massage therapist, other modalities may be incorporated as well.
1. Improved Sleep
The sleep disturbances that fibromyalgia causes can leave you restless during the night and exhausted during the day. Massage therapy sessions improve your quality of sleep, and your ability to fall and stay asleep throughout the night.
Experiencing high-quality sleep will help your body to rejuvenate and recover from chronic fibromyalgia pain.
2. More Pliable Muscles
Fibromyalgia often leaves your muscles feeling not just achy, but stiff and hard to move. Let your licensed massage therapist know if stiffness is one of your main issues, and they’ll be glad to utilize massage strokes like petrissage, which specifically focus on muscle pliability.
3. Reduced Psychological Symptoms
Symptoms like anxiety, depression and brain fog are common in fibromyalgia patients. During and after a deeply relaxing massage therapy session, your brain releases endorphins that improve your mood and increase mental clarity.
4. Pain Management
We wish it were possible for massage therapy to cure fibromyalgia entirely, but it simply isn’t. However, massage therapy does help to alleviate some of the aches and pains caused by fibromyalgia, including headaches.
5. Better Overall Sense of Well-Being
Living with an incurable chronic condition like fibromyalgia can be so frustrating and discouraging. Coming in for regular massage therapy sessions can help you cope with those feelings. By seeking out massage therapy, you’re taking charge over your health to make improvements!
If your body is tender from fibromyalgia and you think massage therapy may exasperate it, don’t worry. Communicate with your licensed massage therapist and they will be glad to use as gentle pressure as possible to ensure you’re comfortable and relaxed the entire session and beyond.
Always be sure to check in with your doctor before inquiring about fibromyalgia massage.
Disclaimer: Elements of Rockville Centre is not an organization of healthcare professionals. All authoritative claims in this blog have been linked to their sources.