Being a fibromyalgia or ‘fibro’ sufferer can feel miserable. There is no
cure, so all you can do is learn to manage your symptoms as much as
possible to try and avoid it impacting on your everyday life. This can
be easier said than done.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition which affects around five million
Americans, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, more females more than males,
and usually between the ages of 20 and 50.
The main symptom is pain, which can range from mild to severe. It
varies from person to person but some people report shooting or
burning pains while others complain of a constant deep ache which
doesn’t let up. It’s common for joints to feel tender and the pain to
get worse at night although some people feel it all day long. Other
symptoms can include tiredness, depression, headaches and memory
There is some good news for people who have been
diagnosed with fibro!
Massage can be a pleasurable and effective way to relieve some of
the symptoms of fibro and help you to manage it better. This is
because massage boosts circulation in your muscles, reduces heart
rate, relaxes your muscles, improves the range of motion in your
joints and increases production of the body’s natural painkillers. All
of these effects are positively great for fibro sufferers.
Massage for fibromyalgia.
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 of course we will consult you before your session to ask
you about any particular areas that might be a problem for you. If
you’re worried that it will hurt…don’t be.
Professional therapists know that people with fibro can be sensitive
and will make sure that you know you can tell them at any time if
your massage feels in any way uncomfortable. If you’re concerned
about whether a massage is a good idea for you, speak to your
Get a good night’s sleep.
Massage can help to promote better sleep, so it follows that if your
fibro leaves you waking up tired, even after what you think was a
normal night’s sleep, a massage can help. A decent massage will
leave you relaxed and promote deeper sleep – and deep sleep helps
fibro symptoms because it’s when you enter the deep sleep phase
that your body can repair and restore itself.
Boost your mood!
Massage boosts the feel good hormones and endorphins that can
help to banish the low mood and depression that can go hand in
hand with fibromyalgia. Getting a regular supply of feel good
hormones is a great way to manage the symptoms that can
sometimes really get you down.
Banishing the pain of headaches.
Improving blood flow to your brain with regular massage can help to
reduce the pain from a fibro headache.
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. Book in for regular massage therapy and
you could start to feel much better in-between your sessions as well
as during and after.