Fibromyalgia & Massage

Did you know that massage therapy can help relieve some of the pain caused by fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia, or commonly known as fibro, is a condition which affects around 5 million Americans. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, more females than males, between the ages of 20 and 50,  suffer from fibro. The main symptom is pain, ranging from mild to severe shooting or burning sensations to a constant deep ache. It’s common for joints to feel tender and the pain to get worse at night, but some people feel it constantly. Other symptoms include tiredness, depression, headaches, and memory loss.

Massage therapy can be a pleasurable and effective way to relieve some of the symptoms of fibro. Massage boosts circulation in your muscles, reduces heart rate, relaxes your muscles, improves the range of motion in your joints, and increases the production of the body’s natural pain killers.

People who have fibro can be extra sensitive to pressure in some parts of their body. Massage therapists have been trained to look out for this, and will consult with you before your session about any particular areas that might be a problem for you. If you’re worried that it will hurt, don’t be! Massage sessions are specifically designed for each individual, guaranteeing that the experience is relaxing and effective.

Massage therapy also promotes better sleep at night. Therefore, if your fibro has you constantly waking up tired, a massage can help. A good massage should leave you feeling relaxed, promoting better sleep. Deep sleep helps relieve fibro symptoms because deep sleep cycles are when your body can repair and restore itself.

Massage therapy boosts your mood by releasing “feel good” hormones and endorphins that banish bad moods and depression. Getting a regular supply of these good hormones is a great way to manage the symptoms that contribute to bad moods.

Fibro headaches are a real thing, too. Massage therapy helps improve the blood flow to your brain and reduce pain. Just having one massage session can leave you feeling better for a while, but as with most therapies, the benefits increase with the regularity of your sessions.

I am also a fibro sufferer. I can relate to clients who have symptoms of this disease.

The Big Benefits of Massage

Did you know all of the health benefits of massage? Until recent years, massage was only viewed as a luxury, not as a health care method. Studies of massage therapy demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tissue.

Massage therapy helps:

Anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, stress-related insomnia, Myofascial pain syndrome, soft tissue strains/injuries, sports injuries, and Temporomandibular joint pain.

But massage therapy is about much more than the benefits one can obtain from sessions. It’s about caring, comfort, and connection—for both therapist and client.

Check out the American Massage Therapy Association’s article that lists 25 benefits of massage therapy:

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Massage therapy is known to improve blood circulation, which aids in headache relief and overall health. I look forward to helping each individual along their healing journey.

Cool for the Summer

Need a way to cool down those migraines this summer? Kathy is certified in Migraine Miracle® Cold Stone therapy that reduces the symptoms of migraines and severe headaches.

Did you know that approximately 50 million people in the US suffer from migraines? People ages 30-45 suffer more than anyone else.

Also, migraine strokes are a real thing. They occur when a spasm of the artery feeding the visual fields on one side of the brain is very intense.

So, what does the cold stone therapy do?

  • decreases pain, inflammation, and/or swelling
  • reduces overabundant blood flow to the head and brain
    • reduces pounding sensation in head
  • cold stones can offer immediate relief once places in specific areas in the face