Doctors Frequently Recommend
Fibromyalgia Massage for Pain Relief
Fibromyalgia Massage — what does this mean? Fibro (meaning tissue) my (or myo, meaning muscle) algia (meaning pain)
Fibromyalgia can cause:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Sleep Disturbances
- Memory Loss and Cognitive Disturbances, aka “fibro fog”
- Painful Menstrual Periods
- Temperature sensitivity
- Morning Stiffness
- Numbness and Tingling of Extremities
- and a variety of other symptoms
Fibromyalgia massage can provide relief of chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia, a common condition that has been characterized by chronic pain with tenderness throughout the body. It is classified as a rheumatic condition (one that impairs the joints and/or the soft tissue) and as a syndrome (a collection of signs and symptoms that occur together). Approximately 2 to 4 percent of the population (between 3 and 6 million Americans) suffer with this condition. Between 80 and 90 percent of the people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are middle-aged women.
Diagnosis is Usually Based on Two Criteria:
- Widespread pain that lasts for three or more months.
- Presence of trigger points (sensitive areas) in all four quadrants of the body.
Factors Related to Fibromyalgia Massage:
It has been suggested that sleep disturbances may contribute to the muscle pain. Some people may also have an auto-immune response. (They may have an immune response to self.) There are many who believe it may be related to central nervous system abnormalities resulting in faulty perceptions of pain. You may even encounter those who believe it is not a real problem at all.
The frustration and stress of not being heard when in pain, can be overwhelming. Find a healthcare provider who will listen to you. Depression may be a part of the syndrome. Talk to your healthcare provider. You may want to get into a support group or see a talk therapist. You are not alone.
Treatments may include:
Treatments for fibromyalgia may include medications for pain (analgesics), antidepressant medications which help to elevate certain chemicals in the brain that not only cause depression, but also fatigue and pain; Benzodiazepines that may assist the brain in sleep cycles and medications for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Other methods of treatment include Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy, Naturopathy and herbal medications, or dietary supplements, Acupuncture or Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy and Manual Lymph Drainage.
Studies suggest that…
Studies suggest that both Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and connective tissue massage (which include Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Massage Techniques) may be effective in the relief of pain and aid in overall improvement of health status. With my advanced myofascial massage and connective tissue massage training, you can receive gentle caring and compassionate massage.
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, follow your Doctor’s instructions and try massage therapy as part of your pain management regimen. Contact Todd Pennington of Pennington Massage Clinic today – call 503-244-4427 to talk about your situation.