Massage: Fibromyalgia

Massage therapy is one of the best treatments for the pains of Fibromyalgia as massage helps to ease the pain, reduce muscles stiffness and promote relaxation. During fibromyalgia massage therapy, the muscles and body tissues are rubbed and manipulated to reduce pain, ease stress and tension and increase flexibility of the tissues. The different techniques used can include kneading, rubbing, stroking and palpating the muscles. Also, hot packs may be combined with the treatment. Any technique that involves heat or hot compression is a form of heat therapy. The heat helps to soothe and relax the muscles, making movement easier and free of pain.

Massage therapy is one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia patients. The many benefits include decreased pain and stiffness, reduced stress and depression, increased flexibility and range of movements, increased circulation to the muscles, and improved sleep. Typical massage sessions last between 30 and 60 minutes.

Swedish massage is designed to increase oxygen flow to the muscles. This helps to improve the health of the muscles as well as their flexibility, and to help eliminate toxins. The therapist uses long, gliding motions along the muscles but sometimes combines this with vibration and kneading techniques which all benefit the body.

Deep tissue massage is a more vigorous approach that works the body tissues and muscles deeper to loosen them and reduce tension and pain. It usually involves deep, firm, stroking movements that delivers quite a bit of pressure to the deep tissues of the body. Patients may feel a wee bit of pain after the first couple treatments, but the pain will subside and the long-term benefits will be great.

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