Do you need help for your Fibromyalgia symptoms? Massage Therapy might be what you need. Recent studies such as, Vibrational Therapy for FMS Pain
, are showing how popular the treatment of massage therapy is for fibromyalgia symptoms. Massage therapy can help reduce fibromyalgia symptoms of pain and stiffness. The treatment is a wonderful practice as it allows you to relax, reducing physical stress and improving circulation. Massage Therapy benefits fibromyalgia patients, and is a great adjunct with other healing arts in the Treatment to help Fibromyalgia Symptoms
What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is one of the oldest and most simple forms of therapy. It is a system of stroking, pressing and kneading different areas of the body to help relieve pain, to relax, stimulate and tone the body. Massage therapy helps with fibromyalgia symptoms as it works on the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) to improve muscle tone and blood circulation. Although massage primarily affects those muscles just under the skin, its benefits reach into the deeper layers stimulating the glands and organs. Massage also stimulates blood circulation, assisting the Lymphatic System (which runs parallel to the Circulatory System), improving the elimination of waste products throughout the body.
What Are The Key Principles of Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia?
While there are a wide variety of forms of Massage Therapy and “bodywork”, there are certain basic principles they all have in common:
Circulation of Blood - The most basic principle in this field is that improved blood circulation is beneficial for virtually all health conditions. Tension in the muscles and other soft tissues can impair circulation, resulting in a deficient supply of nutrients and an inadequate removal of toxins from the tissues of the body. This in turn can lead to illness, structural and functional problems, or slower healing commonly seen with Fibromyalgia Symptoms. Recognition of the importance of blood circulation is implicit in all forms of massage and bodywork.
Movement of Lymphatic Fluid - The Lymphatic System is almost as extensive as the circulation of blood. The circulation of lymphatic fluid plays a key role in removing body wastes, toxins, and pathogens.
Release of Tension - Chronic muscular tension as a result of injury, high stress, trauma, or conditions like fibromyalgia can accumulate and impair the body’s structure and function. The psychological well-being is also affected. The release of tension allows greater relaxation, which has important physiological and psychological benefits for the fibromyalgia sufferer.
Structure and Function - The musculoskeletal structure of the body affects its function, and the function affects structure, both can be adversely altered by stress or trauma. Massage Therapy for FIBROMYALGIA helps restore a healthy structure and function, allowing better circulation, greater ease and wider range of movement, more flexibility, and the release of chronic patterns of pain and tension frequently seen as fibromyalgia symptoms.
Enhancement of All Bodily Systems - All bodily systems are affected by improved circulation and more harmonious functioning of the soft tissue and muscular systems. Internal organs as well as the Nervous System, the Immune System, and Endocrine Systems also benefit. Massage Therapy can help overall fibromyalgia symptoms, improving a patient’s quality of life and physical health.
Mind/Body Integration - The mind and body have a reciprocal relationship, the Soma (body) affects the Psyche (mind), and vice versa. Hence there can be somatopsychic effects in which the conditions of the body affect the mind and emotions, and there can be psychosomatic effects in which psychological or emotional conditions affect the body. Change in one domain causes change in the other. A habit or fixed pattern in one may also impede change in the other, and require special attention. Often psychotherapy, massage, or bodywork complement each other.
Energy - Many modalities in Massage work with the flow of energy throughout the body as a means to promote healing. Energy can be directed or encouraged to move through and around the body in such ways as to have impact on the physical structure and function of the body, as well as on the emotional well-being.