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How Massage can help with Fibromaylgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes a lot of pain and discomfort to the person experiencing it. Musculoskeletal pain like this can be accompanied by mood issues, fatigue, memory problems and more. There is no medical explanation why people experience this level of pain, but it doesn't make it any less real for the person dealing with it. Patients with fibromyalgia tend to feel more sensitive to pain than other people will, and massage therapy can be a very comforting option to help alleviate some of this pain. Massage is wonderful whether you are in any pain or not but for fibromyalgia patients, it can be an incredible relief.


It’s well known that massage therapy can directly treat a range of health conditions, as well as being able to help those who are in need of additional relaxation... and really, that’s all of us! And whilst we still have a lot to discover and learn about fibromyalgia, we do know that massage can help a person relax, both mentally and physically, and allow them to feel ‘generally’ better; it therefore goes without saying that it can help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia.


Right now, there is no known cure for fibromyalgia and much research is being done around this. There are some medications that can help alleviate some of the symptoms, but until a cure can be found, many people with fibromyalgia have to find other ways to manage their pain. Massage is one of those ways, and it can be an amazing relief to those dealing with the pain and discomfort associated with fibromyalgia. Massage helps with stress, reducing anxiety, alleviating depression and helps the body and mind relax. We understand that chronic pain can contribute various other symptoms, so all of these aspects would be important to address for someone suffering from fibromyalgia. Touch and massage are a natural remedy for pain, and there are many different massage types that help with fibromyalgia. 


Some of these massage types include:


  • Swedish massage. Swedish massage helps to promote blood flow to body, and this can help to relieve some of the pain experienced with fibromyalgia. Studies show that as a non-drug therapy, it can improve the quality of life, reduce pain and perceived stress index.

  • Sports massage. Sports massage is a deep tissue massage with a heavy focus on pressure points. Those with fibromyalgia can benefit from this kind of pressure on the sore areas of the body.

  • Trigger point massage. Trigger point therapy is one of the most common massage solutions for fibromyalgia symptoms. A massage therapist can focus on some of the areas of the body that cause the most pain for clients. The pressure is applied on those painful areas and their discomfort is reduced.


If you are dealing with the pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia, one of the best ways you can help yourself is with a booking to a massage therapist. Communication is key in massage, and this is especially true when you are experiencing the pain of fibromyalgia. You need to talk to your massage therapist about your pain to be able to get the best outcome from massage. Your therapist will have a variety of techniques that you can use to prepare you for pain relief while you are dealing with fibromyalgia.


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