Massage Therapy may Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain

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According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, there is evidence that massage therapy can help to reduce the pain and stiffness of fibromyalgia. In the study, 24 patients with fibromyalgia were given a random assignment to receive either relaxation or massage therapy.

Each group received 30 minute sessions twice a week for five weeks. At the end of the five weeks, both groups displayed decreased levels of depression and anxiety immediately following the first and last sessions.

However, the massage therapy group alone reported a decrease in movements during sleep and an increase in number of hours of sleep. In addition, the patients who received massage therapy also had decreased levels of substance P, and were rated with lower pain and It seems clear from this research that there is a beneficial relationship between massage

Trigger Point Therapy for Fibromyalgia Pain

Many massage therapists and their patients prefer trigger point therapy for fibromyalgia pain. The reason for this may be that people with fibromyalgia tend to have more trigger points than people in the general population. The therapy helps to manage the soreness and stiffness associated with trigger points.

Trigger point therapy is focused on finding those pain points and applying the right amount of pressure to manage discomfort and pain.

A trigger point is a painful spot located within bands of muscle fibers. The massage therapist may use several techniques to relieve the trigger point, including heat application, stretching, friction, pressure, and kneading. The resulting pain relief can help to ease both the mental and physical strain of fibromyalgia.

Communication is Key

No two fibromyalgia sufferers are alike; therefore, the massage therapy should be individualized to meet each person’s unique needs. You should maintain open dialogue with your massage therapist. He or she will be happy to discuss your symptoms and pain with you.

In addition to trigger-point therapy, there are several other massage techniques available, including deep tissue massage, reflexology and Swedish massage. Your massage therapist may recommend one of these, depending on your symptoms and preferences.

If you are interested in massage therapy, please call us at 770-496- 0326 for a free consultation, or to book an appointment.

Sources:

https://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/AdultMassage.html#

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17041326/

http://www.everydayhealth.com/fibromyalgia/massage-for- fibromyalgia-pain- relief.aspx