Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.
For many years those who suffered with Fibromyalgia faced considerable skepticism from the medical community. I remember not too long ago when clients would say ‘Fibromyalgia” to me and practically duck, thinking that I would deride them.
It has taken time, but the medical community has finally recognized this painful and debilitating illness. That is the good news.
The better news is that massage can help control Fibromyalgia. At Beyond BodyWork, we have worked with a great many clients with Fibromyalgia. Each one is different. Some require heavy pressure, others require much less. Some crave deep pressure one day, or even one minute, and light pressure the next. Communication is the key. We will work with you to find the right pressure and the right placement. Over time we have seen some very positive results with our clients.
Check out our post on more research into how myofascial release, a specific type of massage benefits people with Fibromyalgia. Rob has studied with one of the best myofascial teachers in the country. Come in to see how massage can help with Fibromyalgia.