Massage Therapy Can Improve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects millions of Americans, many of whom are women. The main signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia include deep muscle pain, painful tender points, and morning stiffness. Other symptoms may include sleep problems, fatigue, and anxiety. Regular Massage Therapy sessions have been proven to decrease pain levels, muscle stiffness, and improve sleep quality.

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In a study conducted by the Touch Research Institute, 30 adult fibromyalgia subjects were randomly assigned to a massage therapy, a transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS), or a transcutaneous electrical stimulation no-current group (Sham TENS) for 30-minute treatment sessions two times per week for five weeks. The results showed the massage therapy subjects reported lower anxiety and depression, and their cortisol levels were lower immediately after the therapy sessions on the first and last days of the study. The TENS group showed similar changes, but only after therapy on the last day of the study. The massage therapy group improved on the dolorimeter measure of pain. They also reported less pain the last week, less stiffness and fatigue, and fewer nights of difficult sleeping. Thus, massage therapy was the most effective therapy with these fibromyalgia patients.

Audrey Blanchard, LMT has successfully treated fibromyalgia pain syndrome with Massage Therapy here at ilumina. A customized massage session is developed specifically for each individual to reduce muscle pain, fatigue, and increase the quality and quantity of nightly rest.

Massage Therapy Can Improve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects millions of Americans, many of whom are women. The main signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia include deep muscle pain, painful tender points, and morning stiffness. Other symptoms may include sleep problems, fatigue, and anxiety. Regular Massage Therapy sessions have been proven to decrease pain levels, muscle stiffness, and improve sleep quality. In a study conducted by the Touch Research Institute, thirty adult fibromyalgia subjects were randomly assigned to a massage therapy, a transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS), or a transcutaneous electrical stimulation no-current group (Sham TENS) for 30-minute treatment sessions two times per week for 5 weeks. The results showed the massage therapy subjects reported lower anxiety and depression, and their cortisol levels were lower immediately after the therapy sessions on the first and last days of the study. The TENS group showed similar changes, but only after therapy on the last day of the study. The massage therapy group improved on the dolorimeter measure of pain. They also reported less pain the last week, less stiffness and fatigue, and fewer nights of difficult sleeping. Thus, massage therapy was the most effective therapy with these fibromyalgia patients. Audrey has successfully treated fibromyalgia pain syndrome with Massage Therapy here at ilumina. A customized massage session is developed specifically for each individual to reduce muscle pain, fatigue, and increase the quality and quantity of nightly rest.

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In honor of massage awareness week, our Licensed Massage Therapist Audrey Blanchard will be sharing with us helpful information all week. 10/22

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome in which the person experiences long term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the muscles, joints, and soft tissues of the body. It has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety. Fibromyalgia most commonly affects women between the ages of 20 and 50. A new study showed that massage myofascial release techniques improved pain and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia. Patients in the massage group received a 90 minute massage for 20 weeks. The study found reduction in sensitivity to pain in tender points in patients with fibromyalgia. Immediately after treatment and one month after the massage program, anxiety levels, quality of sleep, pain, and quality of life were still improved.

We have seen similar results with patients that suffer from fibromyalgia here at illumina Healing Sanctuary. Our Massage Therapist has many years of experience treating fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. She will tailor the massage therapy session to meet the needs of each individual, including myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, and gentle stretching to relieve pain and tension in the muscles and joints of the body.

References: Castro-Sánchez, A.M., Matarán-Peñarrocha, G.A., Granero-Molina, J., Aguilera-Manrique, G., Quesada-Rubio, J.M., Moreno-Lorenzo, C. (2011). Benefits of massage-myofascial release therapy on pain, anxiety, quality of sleep, depression, and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011:561753.

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Mayan Abdominal Massage is beneficial in treating a multitude of menstrual and digestive disorders, can increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, and decrease pain in the lower back. Here is a link to a great article in Care Healthy Living magazine about the benefits of Mayan Abdominal Massage. If you haven't tried this type of massage modality yet, you don't know what you're missing.