Massage therapy is a wonderful way to relax and have your muscles kneaded, stretched and palpated. The hot and cold packs that are sometimes used help a lot too. I know it works wonders for me. In fact I think I’ll go get a massage later today. I really need it after last night. I love the feeling of someone working on all of my sore spots until the pain goes away. Most therapists will concentrate on one area if you ask them to.
Although it’s not known how massage relieves pain one theory is that it helps release endorphins, norepinephrine and serotonin. These are the feel good hormones that help control the pain signals in your brain.
Fibromyalgia patients can benefit from massage in many ways. A few of them are:
- Improved circulation
- Reduced stiffness
- Reduced pain
- Decrease in depression
- Improved sleep
- Better range of motion
- More flexibility
- Help in circulating nutrients
- Help in eliminating waste and toxins from the body
There are many forms of massage and you each have to find the one that works best for you. My favorite is the Deep Tissue Massage. The therapist really gets deep into the tissue to work the knots in the muscles and help reduce the pain of my trigger points. Sometimes I’m a little sore after a treatment but when that goes away in about a day I feel much better for several days and sometimes even weeks. The neat thing is that the more often I can go the better I feel.
Myofascial release is another good type. The therapist will stretch and rub your muscles until the fascia of your muscles is relaxed. The fascia is a thin covering over your muscles that can get tight and very painful at times. Getting it loosened up will definitely help your overall sense of well being.
If you’re interested in massage one of the best ways to find a good therapist is to ask your friends, relatives and co-workers who they go to. Don’t be afraid to interview the therapist before actually getting a massage. You will be working as a team to bring you to better health.
Massage for Fibromyalgia Pain