What are the typical symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Young or old, male or female, Fibromyalgia is a chronic muscle pain condition that can affect anyone.
Our patients who have fibromyalgia often describe their pain as being felt in lots of different parts of their body at the same time or moving from one place to another. Poor quality of sleep, reduced mobility, anxiety and depression are also common features of this condition.

How massage helps relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can’t be cured with massage but regular treatments can significantly reduce the impact of your symptoms in the following ways:

Relief of pain – remedial massage techniques can be used to reduce muscle tension, relieve localised sore spots in the muscles (trigger points) and improve joint mobility. The type of techniques used should be tailored to your particular needs and as they will be different to others who have fibromyalgia and may even vary for you from day to day.

Improved quality of sleep – treatments that are carried out in the evening will help you relax and boost your body’s production of serotonin, a hormone that helps you sleep. Improved quality of sleep will help your body to better repair itself and leave you feeling more rejuvenated in the morning and less fatigued throughout the day.

Alieviating headaches – headaches can be triggered by muscle tension and pain coming from the neck and upper shoulders. This is common if you have fibromyagia. Therapeutic massage techniques to relieve muscle tension and pain can reduce the severity and frequency of headaches and give you a feeling of greater mental clarity. These are also techniques you can be taught to apply yourself at home.

Reduced anxiety and depression – seeing a massage therapist who takes the time to listen and works in partnership with you can help with feelings of anxiety and depression.Therapeutic massage also significantly lowers blood pressure and helps reduce the physical effects of stress and anxiety.

What type of massage is best for Fibromyalgia?

Depending on how your symptoms are on the day, your treatment it is likely to consist of gentle relaxing strokes combined with slightly firmer pressure in areas where this feels comfortable and will be beneficial to you.

Your massage therapist might use light trigger point work and incorporate myofascial release techniques. They may ask you to practice breathing exercises during your treatment to help you relax and these are great techniques for you to use between treatments at home too.

It’s really important to see a remedial massage therapist who has experience treating patients with fibromyalgia, so they have a good understanding of your condition as communication and a flexible approach to your treatment is key.

Please don’t hestitate to get in touch if you have any questions at all.