Updated: Apr 10
Did you know that massage therapy can help relieve some of the pain caused by fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia, or commonly known as fibro, is a condition which affects around 5 million Americans. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, more females than males, between the ages of 20 and 50, suffer from fibro.
The main symptom is pain, ranging from mild to severe shooting or burning sensations to a constant deep ache. It’s common for joints to feel tender and the pain to get worse at night, but some people feel it constantly. Other symptoms include tiredness, depression, headaches, and memory loss.
Massage therapy can be a pleasurable and effective way to relieve some of the symptoms of fibro. Massage boosts circulation in your muscles, reduces heart rate, relaxes your muscles, improves the range of motion in your joints, and increases the production of the body’s natural pain killers.
People who have fibro can be extra sensitive to pressure in some parts of their body. Massage therapists have been trained to look out for this, and will consult with you before your session about any particular areas that might be a problem for you. If you’re worried that it will hurt, don’t be! Massage sessions are specifically designed for each individual, guaranteeing that the experience is relaxing and effective.
Massage therapy also promotes better sleep at night. Therefore, if your fibro has you constantly waking up tired, a massage can help. A good massage should leave you feeling relaxed, promoting better sleep. Deep sleep helps relieve fibro symptoms because deep sleep cycles are when your body can repair and restore itself.
Massage therapy boosts your mood by releasing “feel good” hormones and endorphins that banish bad moods and depression. Getting a regular supply of these good hormones is a great way to manage the symptoms that contribute to bad moods.
Fibro headaches are a real thing, too. Massage therapy helps improve the blood flow to your brain and reduce pain. Just having one massage session can leave you feeling better for a while, but as with most therapies, the benefits increase with the regularity of your sessions.
I am also a fibro sufferer. I can relate to clients who have symptoms of this disease.
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