Fibromyalgia is one of the conditions that lead to chronic pain. It is a disease that is thought to be due to the body’s immune system going out of balance and acting on the body tissues instead of protecting them. The disease is characterized by widespread muscles and connective tissues pain as well as other symptoms affecting different parts of the body and systems. There is chronic lethargy and general poor health.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be mistaken for other diseases because they can be unspecific. For this reason, the condition is usually diagnosed much later after the patient has probably been treated for other conditions without improvement.
Treatment of fibromyalgia usually includes different types of medications. It also involves different medical disciplines depending on the predominant symptoms. Massage therapy is one of the oldest therapeutic measures used for treatment of chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
How massage therapy can help fibromyalgia patients?
The different types of massage techniques have been used with encouraging results from the patient’s’ point of view.The widely used techniques include:
• Swedish massage
• Deep tissue massage
• Neuromuscular massage
There are many benefits of massage therapy for patients suffering from chronic pain due to fibromyalgia.
• Improved circulation in the muscles
• Improved lymph drainage. This helps the body to get rid of toxins faster
• Improved nutrition at the cellular level
• Normalizes the heart rate.
• Relaxes muscle stiffness
• Improves mobility of joints
• Supports the production of endorphins.
Endorphins are substances that activate opiate receptors in the nervous system. This activation creates an analgesic effect which reduces pain. This can make the patient stop or at least reduce the number and or dosage of the painkilling medications they are using.
Patients with chronic pain who go for regular massage therapy get accumulative benefits that reduce their symptoms for longer. What are you waiting for?