Massage Therapy & Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a condition affecting millions of Americans, with millions more cases occurring each year and your Lacey massage therapist sees many people coming in with fibromyalgia conditions. It is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. Other common symptoms are fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that requires a medical diagnosis.
The cause of fibromyalgia is yet unclear, but it is believed that a variety of factors including genetics, infection, and physical or emotional trauma play a part. Researchers speculate that repeated nerve stimulation causes the brain to physically change, thus amplifying sensations of pain by affecting how the brain processes pain signals.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this condition at present, which is more common in women than women, but treatments can minimize symptoms for patients.
Massage therapy can be very beneficial for patients with fibromyalgia. Techniques can be employed to reduce client tender points, stiffness, stress, and tension; as well as increase blood flow, flexibility, strength, and range of motion.
Patients with questions or concerns should speak with their treating physician.
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