“A multidisciplinary approach to pain management, of which massage is a component, can help those with Fibromyalgia get back to the business of living.” Chris Cunningham, Massage Magazine Feb 2005.
Massage treatment is very gentle for those with fibromyalgia. Deep tissue massage would place too much stress on a body that is already over-taxed. We start the treatment with myofascial release therapy which involves stretching and unwinding. It is slow and relaxing. Next is trigger point therapy, applying light pressure to the tender points, giving them time to release. We finish the hour with gentle long strokes, effleurage.
Fibromyalgia patients describe the aching sensations that flood their bodies as fiery, like hot coals or a blowtorch, or sharp, like “shards of glass”.
Regular massage therapy can greatly improve the quality of life for those suffering from Fibromyalgia. Patients arrive feeling very stiff and achy and leave feeling lighter and in less pain. Treatments are recommended every week to two weeks, combined with regular exercise at least three days/week.
What is it?
Fibromyalgia is a casserole of different symptoms, now considered a syndrome. The range and extent of symptoms make diagnosing and treating Fibromyalgia exceedingly complex. Rheumatologists are divided about the nature of the condition. “I prefer to see Fibromyalgia as a condition of abnormal sensory processing, but with, at times a strong psychological and mental health component.” Andre Barkhuizen, MD, a Fibromyalgia specialist.
“Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Other symptoms include feeling tired to a degree that normal activities are affected, sleep problems, and troubles with memory. Some people also report restless legs syndrome, bowel or bladder problems, numbness and tingling, and sensitivity to noise, lights or temperature. Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Other types of chronic pain are also frequently present.” Wikipedia
If you or someone you know is suffering from the symptoms of fibromyalgia, call today to schedule a massage treatment. You’ll be glad you did! (708)636-5555
Samantha Margaret Wolf, LMT, CST