Massage For Fibromyalgia
Being a fibromyalgia or ‘fibro’ sufferer can make you feel miserable. There is no cure, so all you can do is learn to manage your symptoms as much as possible. And more so, try and avoid it impacting your everyday life. Neglecting symptoms can be easier said than done. But, massage for fibromyalgia can be a great help.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, fibromyalgia affects around five million Americans. It affects more females than males, 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. Others complain of a constant deep ache that doesn’t let up. It’s common for joints to feel tender and the pain to worsen at night, although some people feel it all day long. Other symptoms can include tiredness, depression, headaches, and memory loss.
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 it can help you to manage the pain and symptoms much 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 the production of the body’s natural painkillers. All of these effects are positively great for fibro sufferers.
How Can Massage Help Fibromyalgia?
People with fibro can be extra sensitive to pressure in some parts of their bodies. Massage therapists have been trained to look out for these sensitive parts. They will consult you before your session to ask 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 ensure you can tell them at any time if your massage feels uncomfortable. If you want to ensure a massage is good for you, speak to your doctor first.
Get A Good Night’s Sleep
A regular massage session can help to promote better sleep. So if your fibromyalgia leaves you waking up tired, even after what you think was a typical night’s sleep, a great 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.
Boosting Your Mood
Massage boosts the feel-good hormones and endorphins of your body. A great massage can help 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 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 make you feel better. But as with most therapies, the benefits of massage for fibromyalgia increase with the regularity of your sessions. Call now or book for regular massage therapy and start feeling much better between your sessions and during and after your massage appointment.
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