More than six million suffer from fibromyalgia, a chronic syndrome characterized by numbness, joint stiffness, and widespread pain. Of these six million, over 90 percent are women. Some patients also experience headaches, anxiety, depression, and sensitivity to bright lights, loud noises, and strong odors. If you are one of the many suffering fibromyalgia, new research shows that massage therapy can help.
A 2011 study suggests that massage therapy is able to increase quality of life and decrease pain for fibromyalgia sufferers. Seventy-four fibromyalgia patients were randomly divided into two groups: the control group (who received no massage treatment) and the experimental group (who received a massage therapy treatment). At the conclusion of the study, anxiety levels, quality of sleep, pain and quality of life had improved in patients who had received massage therapy.
What Massage Techniques Will Be Used?
A variety of massage techniques specific to Fibromyalgia. Depending on your sensitivity levels and tender points, your therapist may utilize Reflexology or various forms of massage for Fibromyalgia, or certain methods that address your specific requests and needs.
Sleep Better, Feel Better
One of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia is waking up tired, even if it seems you’ve received plenty of sleep. After a therapeutic massage for Fibromyalgia from Stephenson Massage Therapy, you’re likely to feel more relaxed and get a better night’s rest. Deep sleep is truly beneficial to managing fibromyalgia as it is during this time that the restorative process occurs. So not only will a therapeutic massage help you wake more refreshed, but you may also experience less pain during the day.
But Won’t it Hurt?
Because fibromyalgia causes pain and makes your body extremely sensitive to touch, open lines of communication are vital when it comes to how much pressure your muscles can endure during your session. Stephenson Massage are familiar with the specific needs of those suffering from fibromyalgia, but you should also feel comfortable communicating to your therapist which will ensure a soothing, therapeutic massage every time. If you ever have questions, please consult your doctor before beginning any therapy.
Relief Through Therapy
Studies show that low-impact exercise programs give people with fibromyalgia relief by raising the levels of natural chemicals in the body that reduce pain and fatigue. You may be reluctant to exercise if you are already tired and in pain, but there are several options now available to you.