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Managing Fibromyalgia Symptoms Through Massage Therapy


Managing Fibromyalgia Symptoms Through Massage Therapy

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. While the exact cause of the disorder is unknown, it is believed to amplify painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord processes signals and sensory input. In addition to the primary symptoms, Fibromyalgia may also cause headaches, joint disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression. We will explore the ways that massage therapy can help manage symptoms of fibromyalgia below. 

Symptoms and Causes:

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia include widespread pain and tenderness, chronic fatigue, poor sleep quality, and cognitive difficulties. Although not always present, additional symptoms may include irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, temporomandibular joint disorders, anxiety, and depression. The exact mechanism for these symptoms is unknown. However, they may begin after a traumatic event, injury, surgery, infection, or significant psychological stress.

Treatment Options:

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Fibromyalgia. Symptoms can be controlled and reduced through a variety of methods, including regular massage therapy. Therapeutic and Remedial Massage can be particularly effective, as it is outcome-orientated and can be tailored specifically to the individual.

Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia:

Due to the varied symptoms of Fibromyalgia, a wide range of massage styles may be appropriate. These include Relaxation Massage, Sports Massage, or general Remedial Massage. In more severe cases of pain, medicinal massage techniques such as Remedial Massage, dry needling, or cupping therapy may be recommended.

Scientific literature indicates that the best results with therapeutic massage for pain relief may be achieved through three 60-minute sessions a week for a period of at least four weeks, followed by two to three sessions per week for equivalent results.

At Massage Land, our practitioners regularly treat many individuals living with Fibromyalgia, providing extremely effective treatment for managing and minimizing the effects of this disorder.

Fibromyalgia can be a challenging disorder to manage. However, regular massage therapy can help to control and reduce symptoms. Here at Massage Land we have a variety of massage styles available and the ability to tailor treatments to individual needs. Hence, massage therapy can be an effective treatment option for those living with Fibromyalgia. If you are experiencing symptoms of Fibromyalgia, we encourage you to book a consultation with one of our experienced practitioners to discuss a treatment plan that’s right for you.


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