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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

what type massage is given in case the patient is suffering from fibro and pain?

Betty Shields (Sioux Falls, SD) on Sep 5, 2012
Very genital and caring. When a person with fibro and in pain you have to be very genital for you can hurt them even more.
Tausha Jackson (Spring, TX) on Sep 5, 2012
I've worked with several clients who suffered from fibro and found that ischemic pressure therapy was very effective, Ischemia is the restriction of blood flow, and ischemic pressure therapy is used to restrict blood in the area of treatment to decrease pain.
Robbin Phelps (Takoma Park, MD) on Sep 5, 2012
I am guessing that your pain is associated with the fibromyalgia. Finding a way to let the muscles let go will help ease the pain. There are various types of massage that can help clients with fibromyalgia. They usually need light pressure, regardless of the technique. In addition to massage, you can find relief from other forms of bodywork, such as the Trager® Approach or the Feldenkrais Method. If I were you, I would look for a bodyworker with whom you can communicate easily. This will be someone who really listens to you, is sensitive to your body tissue, and to whom you can give honest feedback about how you are feeling during and after sessions. When you find someone with whom you can have a dialogue about what is going on with your body, you can both can work together to find treatments that are effective.
Jaci Yeager (Wayne, PA) on Sep 5, 2012
Fibromyalgia is a very different experience for every person who suffers from it. Some clients like deep pressure; others cannot tolerate pressure at all. Many clients find relief from their symptoms with craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and manual lymphatic drainage. Craniosacral and lympathic drainage are very gentle techniques. Myofascial release therapy can be very gentle or very deep, depending on the techniques used. For some fibromyalgia patients, it's not pressure that's intolerable, but the kind of pressure. Full palm compressions might feel very good, but concentrated pressure (e.g., from an elbow or a thumb) might be horribly painful. The best route is to do a thorough intake with the client regarding their symptoms and medical history, find out what's worked and what hasn't worked in the past, and stay in close communication throughout the session(s).
Sara Proffer (Marquette, MI) on Sep 5, 2012
Some good therapies include deep tissue massage, pressure point massage, hot stone massage, Thai massage and lomi lomi.
Jerome Jefferson (Saint Petersburg, FL) on Sep 5, 2012
In most cases, a very light massage is more beneficial, though there are cases where people with fibromyalgia require deep tissue massage.
Erica Pennington (Baltimore, MD) on Sep 5, 2012
I personally have fibromyalgia. Fibro clients have pain points specific to the condition. Even though these points can be painful when touched, medium pressure in those areas help to relieve the pain for a period of time. Using the Swedish technique, with extra attention to the fibro sore spots, should do well.
Kristy Wiggins (Algonquin, IL) on Sep 5, 2012
To answer your question directly, no, there is no specific type of massage that is given to those who suffer from fibro. First, let's give some background for those who are not aware of what "fibro" is. A medical physician will usually assess trigger points and patient history to come up with a diagnosis. Fibromyalgia (fibro) pain is as varied as the people who suffer from it, and it is a very real disease that typically manifests in women. Fibromyalgia affects nerves and connective tissue, and can even affect the way one processes sound and light. For example, some may be unable to tolerate loud noise or light as they are waking from sleep. Others are unable to tolerate the touch of fabric on their skin, or even the slight touch of a hand on their back. Then there are others who actually need to feel deep pressure in order to experience some relief. Because every fibro patient interprets touch differently, which is why it is very important for clients to express to their practitioner the following: 1. Where do you experience the majority of your pain? 2. How does it manifest? Is it triggered by something? If so, is it constant? In specific areas and not in others, etc.? 3. When does it happen? Do you notice an incline or decline in the severity of pain at certain times of the day, month, etc.? When your practitioner is able to understand your unique situation, they can come up with a massage plan and technique that suits your needs best.
Mario Messina-Azekri (Portland, OR) on Sep 5, 2012
Clients suffering from fibro can be massaged gently with plenty of stretching. Another alternative is to use Bowenwork, which is a neuromuscular technique that is gentle but powerful.
Pamela Schneider (Marco Island, FL) on Sep 5, 2012
If your client suffers from fibro-related pain, make sure you know what kind of medical care she's receiving. While the temptation is to rub out muscle spasms, deep massage often causes fibro sufferers increased pain. Instead, opt for a therapeutic massage with long, relaxing strokes. Moist heat, a foot or scalp treatment or aromatherapy would be all good additions as well. Always be present & aware of your client's needs.
Andrew Hix (Gainesville, FL) on Sep 5, 2012
Any style of massage could be appropriate for such a client. Other factors, such as the client's sensitivity to pressure, must be factored in before making a decision. In the case of restrictive levels of pain, I recommend Polarity Therapy's gentle and powerful approach.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Sep 5, 2012
There is a specific set of trigger point locations that should be addressed when treating fibromyalgia. It's also best to find out how much pressure the client can tolerate. Too much pressure will cause pain and fatigue, while too little pressure will have no effect. Massage is great for people with fibro. It's best performed by a certified neuromuscular massage therapist.
Esther Pagan (New York, NY) on Sep 5, 2012
Try myofascial release. This modality uses slow deep strokes, which allows the fascia (the covering of the muscle) to regain its flexibility, relieving the pain one gets with fibromyalgia.
Rowan Hill (Spring Hill, FL) on Sep 5, 2012
The short answer is the type of massage that works within the patient's pain tolerance. The massage must not cause a flare-up in the fibromyalgia. Generally, long gentle and flowing strokes work well. However, some patients with fibromyalgia respond well to trigger point release and gentle stretching. Even isolated areas of deep tissue massage may be utilized when a fibro patient is relatively free of pain, provided that the total stimulus from the treatment is not so strong that it triggers a flare-up of fibro pain. In essence, each fibro case is different, and each patient may manifest symptoms differently at a given session. Excellent communication on the part of the therapist will help bring about a positive result.
Raquel Nugent (, ) on Sep 5, 2012
Too deep a massage may cause pain or injury to fibromyalgia patients. A professional therapist must understand the protocol when providing care to such a patient. They should be handled with kid gloves and with moderate pressure.
Raquel Nugent (, ) on Sep 5, 2012
Too deep a massage may cause pain or injury to fibromyalgia patients. A professional therapist must understand the protocol when providing care to such a patient. They should be handled with kid gloves and with moderate pressure.
Casey Amaral (San Jose, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, a typical Swedish massage will provide little benefit. I have used trigger point therapy, along with some mild deep tissue techniques,which allow my clients to perform daily activities without pain. Another technique that has shown a high rate of success is craniosacral massage. Craniosacral massage is a gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork that affects the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas, which alleviates stress and pain.
Kathleen M. Murphy (Annapolis, MD) on Sep 5, 2012
The type of therapeutic massage a fibromyalgia patient receives depends on the training and approach of a given therapist. It also depends on whether the client is currently experiences a flare-up of fibro sensitivity, and whether she has other conditions that limit or preclude certain massage techniques and protocols. In general, the current best-practices recommendations for standard massage are to work slowly, using very light to moderate pressure, communicating carefully and consistently with the client for feedback during the session, and to employ myofascial release techniques over active tender points (fibromyalgia tender points are not the same as myofascial trigger points). Some therapists also use moist heat packs to help relax the fascia and muscle tissue; cryotherapy is not recommended in massaging fibromyalgia patients. Deep tissue and trigger point therapy should be used with extreme caution, and only if the client can tolerate deeper massage pressure with no increase in discomfort or worsening of symptoms between sessions. Above all, find a therapist who listens carefully to your input and your feedback, and who adjusts your session to fit your comfort zone.
Stephanie Grenadier (Hingham, MA) on Sep 5, 2012
The massage varies based on the flare-ups and pain experienced by the client on the day of the appointment. My first suggestion is to find a practitioner that you feel comfortable with and can speak freely to about any pain or discomfort you experience. (That isn't always as easy as it sounds. Sometimes it is difficult to say you don't like something or that you would like to try a different approach.) Personally, I tend to favor gentler, more neurological approaches like craniosacral, reflexology, and myofascial release. I work to alleviate pain via the nervous system since most research suggests this is the source of the symptoms (as opposed to actual tissue damage or abnormalities). I usually avoid deep tissue because often people with chronic pain are given medications that alter their pain sensations and make feedback about pressure and comfort less reliable. (I don't want to hurt anyone or have them feel worse the next day.)
Andrea Santoro (Forest Hills, NY) on Sep 5, 2012
In my opinion, this question can only be answered by an individual therapist working on an individual client. Everyone's body is different, and pain comes from different sources and manifests in people's body a certain way. I would initially try a strong, slow massage, utilizing broad strokes rather than pressure point therapy. If midway through the session the client reports they can take more pressure, I would then move into a deeper massage. Stronger pressure in the larger muscle groups can increase circulation, release endorphins for pain relief and produce longer-lasting effects.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Sep 5, 2012
Research has shown that massage can be effective for relieving symptoms of fibromyalgia. I would suggest Swedish and deep-tissue work, at least one or two 30-minute sessions per week, from a massage therapist who is gentle and sensitive enough to work within your pain threshold. I would not advise aggressive or overly painful massage work. Be sure to tell your therapist to be more gentle where you have tender points.
Danielle Fink (Santa Barbara, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Craniosacral and myofascial release are excellent practices for clients with fibromyalgia.
Efren Jimenez (Burbank, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Based on my experience with clients suffering with pain caused by fibromyalgia, Swedish would be the most beneficial massage modality. Each client is different and the level of pain varies from client to client. The advantage of Swedish massage is that the therapist can regulate the amount of pressure applied to the affected areas to prevent aggravating the pain. Most clients report a soothing, gentle touch helps calm down the nerve endings and reduce pain. The rest of the body can be treated with a firmer, more vigorous pressure to promote circulation throughout the body.
Michael Genovese (Mesa, AZ) on Sep 5, 2012
It depends on the client. Effluerage strokes are the lightest and most tolerable for painful muscles. Effluerage is a light feathery touch that promotes blood flow and circulation. Craniosacral work and acupressure are other good options.
Rey Reyes (Orlando, FL) on Sep 5, 2012
My first client while I was in school doing my clinic hours was a fibromyalgia sufferer. I was able to use deep tissue massage on some areas of the body and very light pressure on others. Communication is key. Make sure the therapist notices how you respond to pressure on the 18 "tender points," 10 of which are on the back of the neck and the lower back and 8 of which are on the front of the neck and knees. Are the aches and pains of fibromyalgia getting you down? If so, then massage therapy might be just what you need to help put some spring back into your step. Recently, massage therapy has become extremely popular among fibromyalgia patients. It works to reduce pain, eliminate stiffness, and helps you to relax and take some time out for yourself.
Denise VanVliet (Oswego, IL) on Sep 5, 2012
I would recommend craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle, hands-on manipulation that allows the therapist to access the core nervous system in an unobtrusive manner. Inside the lining of the head is a membrane system, called the dural membrane system, which also extends downward into the lining of the spinal cord and connects to the sacrum. Inside the lining of this membrane system, which is only about as thick as a page of a newspaper, flows the cerebral spinal fluid, or CSF. The motion of this fluid can be felt everywhere on the body. As the therapist palpates, or listens to the craniosacral rhythm, they can tell where there are restrictions, areas that are less mobile, and where the body is more mobile and less restricted. As the therapist listens to specific points on the body, she is drawn to areas that would like to be released, that is, made more mobile. The therapist then uses specific techniques which release restrictions and help bring the body into greater balance. The result is greater relaxation, more balance in mind and body, and a restoration to greater health and well being. Craniosacral therapy (CST) has a wide range of applications to the treatment of the 'whole person.' Based on the original precepts of osteopathy founded by A.T. Still over a century ago, this innovative branch of mind-body medicine calls upon the inner intelligence of the body to self-regulate and heal itself. How can craniosacral therapy help? That depends to some extent on what your body has to say. Depending on your medical, emotional, and physical history, craniosacral therapy may be more useful for some applications than others. I've found it can be effective for headaches, digestive disorders, TMJ, head trauma, fibro, car and horse accidents, post operative recovery and physical insults to the body, to name a few. It can also be effective in addressing traumas that have an emotional component. In the most general sense, craniosacral therapy works for balance, and to restore harmony to the body at the level of the core nervous system. Because craniosacral therapy works by directly accessing the central nervous system, it allows the body to use its inner intelligence to repair, re-regulate and reharmonize. It may help you to completely release a persistent area of tension, make you more comfortable, ease a condition that is chronic or irreversible, or just simply allow you to feel more relaxed and in touch with your body.
Joseph McCoy (Muenster, TX) on Sep 5, 2012
I like to use lymphatic drainage, along with myofascial release and reflexology. We get great results and it's not too painful for the clients.
Maryjane Kuroly (Schodack, NY) on Jun 14, 2012
A gentle massage, given within the client's tolerance level, has proven to be beneficial to clients with fibromyalgia. Research shows that massage reduces the anxiety and depression levels of the patient. Some patients may also benefit from gentle stretching. The most important thing is to remember to tailor the session to the individual client and to stay within their tolerance level.
Brenda Breedlove (San Francisco, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
My understanding is that fibro may be a misfiring of the myofascial nerves. It can be treated with myofascial therapy, with light to deep pressure, depending on the amount of pain the the client is in. Additionally, using somatics is a great and gentle way to help the body get in tune with the nervous system, increase range of motion, and help movements become smoother.
Melanie Jones (Salt Lake City, UT) on Sep 5, 2012
I have a client who has fibro and they have said that a relaxing massage is the most beneficial.
MaryAnn Sumaraga (Modesto, CA) on Sep 5, 2012
Acupressure appears to be the best treatment, along with some light massage to promote the fascia release.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 29, 2012
Acupressure and CranioSacral work the best for people with fibro and high pain. Light touches to bring huge results. Thank you.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Oct 2, 2012
i have done swedish massage on ficro patients with light to firm pressure.