Fibromyalgia is associated with widespread chronic pain, memory problems, mood changes, and fatigue. This syndrome affects 5 million Americans over the age of 18 and occurs more often in women than men. Despite some beliefs, fibromyalgia is NOT a disease and is in fact a manageable symptom that is not life threatening and does not cause/lead to muscle or joint damage. However, living with fibromyalgia pain can be tricky especially as we get older and become more inactive.
When it comes to massage for individuals with fibromyalgia communication between the patient and the massage therapist is crucial. I have a couple of massage patients with fibromyalgia who had a higher pain tolerance than others so I was able to use deep tissue with their treatment. Would massage be beneficial for individuals with fibromyalgia? Absolutely!
1) increases circulation in muscle tissue which increases the flow of nutrients that are vital for healing and everyday life
2) increases range of motion in the joints and the body’s natural pain relievers
3) decreases heart rate
4) and eliminates waste products
Whether you have a higher pain tolerance as a person with fibromyalgia or you’re needing a lighter more relaxing session; massage increases relaxation which helps with quality of sleep. As we all know, the body is repairs itself while we sleep so the quality of sleep also plays a big role with fibromyalgia pain.
Of course consistency is key with every treatment plan and I highly recommend that everyone should receive a massage at least once a month in order to enjoy the full and lasting benefits of massage.