Fibromyalgia and Massage

Massage has become popular for fibromyalgia sufferers for a reason: it works!

According to www.massagetherapy.com “Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.”

Massage therapy is a therapeutically successful hands-on treatment that treats your muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and blood vessels to reduce pain, relieve stress and improve muscle and joint flexibility. Massage for fibromyalgia may use other therapies like hot packs to increase blood flow and to relax muscles and tender points caused by Fibromyalgia. There are a many different techniques to massage. Most involve some type of stroking technique. Benefits of massage for fibromyalgia include:

• increased blood circulation to the muscles, allowing for faster muscle repair


• increased flexibility


• increased range of motion


• decreased stress and depression


• reduced pain


• reduced stiffness


• improved sleep patterns

Massage therapy is actually one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia pain and fatigue. In fact, in a survey completed by fibromyalgia sufferers, massage therapy was rated the best fibromyalgia treatment option by an overwhelming margin. When Googled™, several studies report fibromyalgia sufferers improving pain symptoms with as little as ten massage sessions. They also reported other improvements such as a significant decrease in their sleep difficulties.

Some have estimated that perhaps 90% of disease is due to stress. If this is true, Fibromyalgia must surely be included! Massage for Fibromyalgia is clearly a wonderful way to reduce stress and its related symptoms and problems.

So, should you get a massage for fibromyalgia? Yes, and do not stop at just one. Again quoting from www.massagetherapy.com:

“Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.”

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