What is Fibromyalgia and how can massage help?

What is fibromyalgia?

The Collins dictionary defines fibromyalgia as a chronic condition characterized by pain, tenderness, and stiffness of the muscles and joints along with fatigue and anxiety.

It is often accompanied along with various other syndromes such as chronic fatigue, irritable bowel, anxiety disorders and various other autoimmune disorders.

How do you get fibromyalgia?
How fibromyalgia is developed is still largely unknown but is believed to be a combination of psychological, genetic, neurobiological and environmental factors. Sufferers experience no stage IV sleep, fatigue, pain, and tender points especially around the neck, shoulders & back.

What are the signs and symptoms?
Widespread, shifting pain patterns; deep ache to burning & tingling, tender points in 9 predictable pairs, stiffness after rest, poor stamina, high sensitivity, low pain threshold to all of the senses.

The location of the nine paired tenlder points.

The location of the nine paired tender points.

How is fibromyalgia treated?
Education and lifestyle management are the only current treatments of fibromyalgia; High nutrition, sleep management, gentle exercise, stretching,  relaxation and emotional stability.

Massage is a supportive treatment to aid in relaxation, sleep & depression, and maybe some temporary pain reduction. Only gentle techniques such as manual lymphatic drainage, Swedish, shiatsu, & stretching should be used to avoid triggering or incurring any further pain. Reflexology is indicated, short light sessions, focus on lymphatic, thalamus & solar plexus.2

1. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibromyalgia#2010_provisional_criteria

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