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?
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.
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