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Do you, or someone you know, suffer from fibromyalgia? It hits a little close to home for me, because I see what my cousin has been going through for many years. With the widespread pain and fatigue, I’ve always been drawn to learn if I could, in some way, help.

During my training, I had a client have a flare up of her pain, right on the massage table. This disease seems to baffle doctors, patients, and the family members supporting them. It has become my goal to ease the pain of those who endure fibromyalgia.

Even though there is no cure, at the moment, a variety of treatments help control the symptoms. Certain types of massage has been found to help, and many fibromyalgia patients find relief with regular massage.

I’m so excited to let you know that Missouri law makers have passed Bill 1796, which will go into effect this September! This Bill requires “health benefit plans to provide coverage for massage therapy for individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia.”

Keep this in mind because if you, or a loved one, suffers from fibromyalgia, and seek massage treatment, make sure to ask the right questions of your massage therapist, before making your appointment.
Your friend in health,

Michael Burnett
LMT Body Mechanics
(417) 719-1591

P.S. Be sure to ask about our specials. For example, if you return for treatment within 30 days, you will get $10 off your return visit. If you need another visit within a week of your last treatment, your return visit is $40.

The Right Kind of Massage Can Help Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms

You’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The pain is unbearable. You’re tired. You’re in a fog. Where can you get some relief?

Fibromyalgia is a disease more commonly found among women and the onset or causes are unknown. This idiopathic disease causes central sensitization syndrome where you are not only more sensitive to things that should hurt, but also to ordinary touch and pressure as well, which shouldn’t hurt.

With someone suffering from so much pain, it seems counterintuitive to find relief through massage. On the contrary, studies have shown much relief among patients treating pain symptoms with myofascial release (MFR) therapy.

MFR is a safe and effective treatment that involves applying gentle sustained pressure to the myofascial connective tissue. This treatment helps reduce pain and restore motion.

Another form of treatment that can be helpful to fibromyalgia patients is Rolfing. The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration defines the treatment as “a form of body work that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.”

Not all types of massage would be beneficial in easing fibromyalgia symptoms. For example, a Swedish massage may actually be counterproductive.

To be sure your treatment of your fibromyalgia symptoms is productive, you should find a massage therapist that has studied and understands the special circumstances around the disease.

Before starting treatment, here are a few questions you may want to ask before choosing your massage therapist.
  • Do they currently treat fibromyalgia patients?
  • Do they offer myofascial technique? If so, what type of MFR do they practice?
  • Is Rolfing a part of their offerings?
  • Are they properly certified in MFR or Rolfing?
Proper training in treating fibromyalgia patients is completely different than other types of massage therapy. You do want to find a therapist that will take the extra care you need and understand the proper treatment that will give you relief.

Also, with news of the new Missouri Bill taking effect in September which mandates health plans to cover massage therapy for fibromyalgia patients, you should ask your therapist if they are registered to file insurance claims.

I hope you are not suffering from this disease, but if you are, or someone you love is, I would welcome the opportunity to ease your pain.

Body Mechanics is here for you when you need us! Feel free to give us a call at 417-719-1591, send us an email with any questions, or visit our website and schedule an appointment. Be sure to ask us about our special offers.

Body Mechanics

Massage Therapy

1948-E S Glenstone
Suite 105
Springfield, MO 65804

(417) 719-1591
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Michael Burnett, LMT

Owner of Body Mechanics

"My focus is on therapeutic massage. I enjoy giving a relaxing Swedish massage, but PNMT clinical work is my passion.  I plan to become the area's only Certified Rolfer."
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More Resources You Might Like:

Living Smarter With Fibromyalgia

Understanding the Pathology of Fibromyalgia

Effectiveness of Different Styles of Massage Therapy


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