Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that includes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and sleep problems – and affects over 10 million Americans, which is approximately 2% – 4% of the adult population. About 80% of fibromyalgia patients are women.
Massage therapy has been shown to:
- reduce headaches and migraines
- reduce anxiety and depression
- improve mental clarity
- improve restorative and restful sleep
- reduce muscle tension
Because fibromyalgia is a constant, chronic, low-level pain condition, it presents some specific challenges when working with these patients. The constant inflammation of fibromyalgia affects the soft tissues, including muscle tissue and fascia. The muscle tissue becomes hypertonic throughout the body, creating conditions of reduced blood supply that bring about reduced oxygenation and increased trigger point, and tender point, activity.
While there is much to consider when providing massage to fibromyalgia sufferers, massage therapy can be an excellent treatment option that can aid with improved sleep, reduced pain, muscle tension and anxiety, and improved cognitive function. Schedule a massage today and see the difference in your health!