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Fibromyalgia

Depositphotos_41352185_sFibromyalgia is characterized by the extensive musculoketal pain, which often occurs along with fatigue, muscle knots and cramping, sleep issues, digestive problems, headaches, skin irritation and problems associated with memory and mood.

According to research, the disorder has a negative impact on the brain’s pain signals, causing a person to experience more pain than normal.

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms of fibromyalgia often kick in after the cause, such as physical trauma, infection, surgery or severe mental stress. However, in some cases symptoms may progress with time without any possible triggers.

Women are more at risk of developing the disorder than men. People with fibromyalgia may experience tension headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, temporomandibular joint disorders and psychological problems such as depression and anxiety.

Causes

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown by doctors, but medical experts believe that it may involve many factors working together. Some of these factors include:

  • Your genetics. Fibromyalgia often runs in families, therefore, it can be said that certain genetic mutations may make a person more vulnerable to the disorder than others.
  • Physical or emotional trauma. Sometimes fibromyalgia may be associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Infections. Certain infections may exacerbate symptoms of fibromyalgia or trigger them.

How can you treat fibromyalgia?

Although there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, you may as well abate the above-mentioned symptoms through medications (pain medication and antidepressants) or home and alternative treatment methods. Physical therapy, massage, exercise, mental relaxation and stress-reducing techniques have gained popularity over the years for improving symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Massage therapy for fibromyalgia

According to research, massage is a safe and effective technique of approaching certain symptoms of fibromyalgia such as:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Chronic tension headaches
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Insomnia and sleep problems
  • Restricted muscle function

One research in 1996 showed that only 30 minute bi-weekly massage sessions reduced pain associated with fibromyalgia by 38%. The study also showed that the therapy reduced fatigue, mood and sleep problems. Some studies indicate that massage has a positive impact on sleep, as it enhances daytime energy and improves productivity at work and home.

Some common vexing ailments in patients include muscle tension in the shoulders, neck and upper back, accompanied by chronic tension headaches. Massage has been linked to improved muscle function and decreased pain in these regions of the body. A massage therapy can be very relaxing and can thus, improve emotional stress as well.

However, the key to improving pain through massage is finding a licensed therapist who is knowledgeable about fibromyalgia treatment. There are many massage techniques which may be counterproductive in treating fibromyalgia pain and not everybody is aware of this. A good therapist will discuss the problem with you first, listen to your complaints and try to improve the physical and psychological ailments you are experiencing.

Modern research shows that fibromyalgia may be linked to declining blood flow to muscle tissues. Massage therapy can help solve this problem by increasing blood flow and improving muscle function and pain.

Make sure you drink a lot of water before and after the massage as water acts as a medium to flush toxins during a massage. You may benefit from resting for a while after the massage and follow this by a gentle stretch routine or yoga to maintain flexibility.

 

 

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