What type of massage is best for fibromyalgia pain?
Lloyd McElheny (Aurora, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
I would consult your mother's physician first. Many Fibromyalgia sufferers respond well to Swedish massage. Some Fibromyalgia sufferers can only stand light pressure; to others light pressure is painful and deeper pressure is not. This can change from day to day or even time of day. Excellent communication between client and therapist is crucial.
Kymberly Kula (Lakewood, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
I would recommend a mixture of Swedish and deep tissue massage. Of course, the pressure will be tailored to what the client can handle. Massage can help with fibromyalgia pain, as long as it's performed on a regular basis.
Paul Jones (Amherst, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
If your Mom has been diagnosed by her primary physician, then the following can help reduce her pain along with her doctor's care. * Pool/water therapy (for increased movement) * Myofascial release therapy (for stress reduction) * Exercise (for increased movement) She should see an experienced massage therapist practiced in gentle myofascial release therapy. She should get a massage at least once a week for a month or two. Then, if she has seen the pain diminish, she can go once a month afterward or as needed. Fibromyalgia can flare up at any time, and is usually triggered by a stressful event. Help her remain as stress-free as you can.
Richard Jones (Nampa, ID) on Oct 10, 2014
Currently fibromyalgia has no known cause. Its effects vary widely from person to person. Some can take massive amounts of deep slow work while others can barely stand the lightest of Swedish massage techniques. Most therapists are trained to listen to the client's needs. If she's never had a massage before, suggest a Swedish massage and makes sure she communicates with her therapist. The therapist can help find the pressure and strokes that work best for her.
Mitchell Eichman (Lake Zurich, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Lomi-Lomi is the best option. Add an extra half hour to get comfortable on the table and your surroundings. You need to be relaxed before the massage.
Megan Dempsey (Denver, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Myofascial release and craniosacral therapy excellent for acute flare ups. As one brings the issue under control, deeper massage is more effective. Long chain self-passive stretching is also very effective.
Tammy Shaffer (Culver, IN) on Oct 10, 2014
Start with a Swedish massage and make sure to state that you have fibro on the intake form. Also, make the therapist aware of your condition before the massage begins.
Christian Green (Seatac, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
Leon Chaitow is a name that you should get to know. He is an osteopath with a passion for meta-analysis of all things neuromuscular. Here is his website: http://www.leonchaitow.com/ There you can find an abundant resource for treatment strategies for the massage practitioner working with individuals living with fibromyalgia. A short answer to your question is that many have observed sustained benefit from treating Fibromyalgia pain with Trigger Point Therapy. But there is no one defining technique for treating FM. Generally speaking, massage producing the "feeling of wellness" has shown to get better results that deep tissue work. In my clinical experience, I merely ask the client what they feel they need, and often times what I end up doing is not what I would have thought would help, but it does. In the end, any mindfully applied manual gesture of a calming intention is a good place to start. This means, if you are game, you can apply a type of touch to your mom that no other practitioner can, because you are your mother's son and the intention behind your touch will come from a place of mindfulness unique between the two of you. That may hold you both over until you can find the right practitioner and modality for her.
Orlando Harding (Milwaukee, WI) on Oct 10, 2014
I have found fibromyalgia clients to be very open to different types of bodywork! Once again, depending on the client's wants and needs, I have found that a variety of modalities incorporated in the session is not only relaxing, but in a way give the client suffering from Fibromyalgia a greater since of relief!
Kjol Lahti (Montpelier, ID) on Oct 10, 2014
I've found it really depends on the person and the particular day. People who are suffering from fibromyalgia can take deep pressure one day and on the next day can hardly be touched. My experience with fibromyalgia clients is that shorter sessions, no more then 30 minutes at a time, are best. Another thing that helps with fibromyalgia pain is infrared saunas. Make sure they are infrared saunas, not just dry saunas.
Darlene Ensign (Las Vegas, NV) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, it can. Getting that blood and oxygen and lymph moving by warming the fascia and muscle, plus some gentle stretching and joint movement is great on a regular basis. Not to mention the mental and spiritual benefit for those who are not sleeping and/or in pain.
Eddie Gibson (Wilkinson, WV) on Oct 10, 2014
Swedish massage would be the best choice, in my opinion for fibromyalgia. Since FM is a nerve condition, you wouldn't want a therapist to do deep work when it wouldn't do any help but make pain worse for your son.
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
I give therapeutic/relaxation therapy to my clients with this condition.
Christina Richards (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
For fibromyalgia, myofascial release techniques, positional release techniques,muscle energy methods, vibrational techniques, andintegrated neuromuscular inhibition techniques can all be helpful. Fibromyalgia can be expressed very differently in each person, so which technique will be most helpful depends on the individual. I am a Rolfer,and I do Structural Integration. Rolfers use many of the techniques mentioned above to stretch and realign the fascia network of the entire body to balance the body in gravity.
Friska Streeter (Mokena, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, it certainly can help your mom manage pain. Massage for fibromyalgia always depends on the condition of the patient's pain level at that moment. When the patient feels the pain level is less than 5 on a scale of 1 to 10, the therapist can provide a Swedish massage or neuromascular massage. However, if the pain level of the patient at that time is 6 or higher, it is best if the therapist provides manual lymphatic drainage massage. Remember, communication is the key to provide a better treatment and a better relationship between the therapist and the patient.
Rosilee Alvarez (Seattle, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
Myofascial Release, or light pressure Swedish massage. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about eight years ago but have suffered with chronic pain since my teens. If you have any pain or soreness after a massage, the therapist is either going too fast or too deep. With fibromyalgia, the muscles are always working. Even when we sleep, our muscles continue to fire. When your muscles don't have a chance to rest, tiny tears occur in the muscle fibers. It can feel like you've worked out. Normally while you sleep your body repairs the damaged tissue, but with fibro, we don't create enough of the HGH or Human Growth Hormone, to repair the tears. We also create too much Substance P, a neurotransmitter, so we feel pain at a higher level than most people. And as you know, this pain is experienced everywhere. Make sure you find a massage therapist who understands fibromyalgia. They need to go slow, and you need to speak up if anything is uncomfortable. The worst thing you can do is try to "work through it". If you're on medication, the therapist needs to know. If you take muscle relaxers or painkillers, you might be especially sore after a massage. And remember, you're in charge. If something doesn't feel right, don't let them do it. You know your body. Just because we went to school, doesn't mean that we're experts on you. : ) Hope this helps.
Nancy Web (Pawtucket, RI) on Oct 10, 2014
I have worked a lot with fibromyalgia clients with great results and in some cases, full recovery. The important aspect of treatment is that it needs to be treated on multiple levels as it is not just a physical issue. It is rooted in emotional and mental stress and working energetically to unwind deep seated tensions helps to releases the pain in the fascia, muscles and the cells. This approach creates space for deeper healing. I use a number of techniques with fibromyalgia including Shiatsu, acupressure, massage, chakra balancing, craniosacral therapy and coaching.. Each person's situation is unique so the treatment plan is different for everyone. In general a light nurturing touch and gentle rocking is more easily received and responds better then deeper techniques .
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Neuromuscular therapy and Swedish massage is best for fibromyalgia.
JB Harding III (Saint Louis, MO) on Oct 10, 2014
Each client with fibromyalgia is different. I use a combination of forearm dance, Lomi Lomi, and integrative deep tissue massage. The clients that I have have had the pleasure to worked with found these combinations to be refreshing to their circulation and to decrease the incidence of spasms. The key is to find a therapist with an extensive knowledge of the muscles and how they function, and an ability to sense their clients needs beyond a set protocol.
Nicole Scruggs (Detroit, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
Opt for a full body relaxation massage to get the lymph moving and the circulation pumping. Fibromyalgia stems from a toxic system, so cleanse the system entirely. I have an herbal system that can clean the body with no side effects. But to start, blend a handful of fresh spinach with a pint of steam-distilled water. Drink daily. This will cleanse the body as well, though it will take longer. And have your blood analyzed by a blood analyst. I am available, but if you're not nearby I can refer someone.
Efren Jimenez (Burbank, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
In my experience massaging clients with fibromyalgia, a very gentle and superficial Swedish massage on the affected areas is very calming yet effective at promoting circulation. Parts of the body not afflicted by fibromyalgia can be treated with a bit more pressure than those affected. This also promotes circulation to the rest of the body. The feedback I have received from this clients is that massage reduces the pain and sensitivity of affected areas. They have also reported sleeping better at night.
Judie Yim (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage is a all around feel good effect which increases endorphins within a body affected by pain. The particular pain areas of fibromyalgia sometimes results better with deeper fascial work. Any soothing slow paced massage with help with the vicious cycle of pain for fibromyalgia sufferers. Regular exercise is strongly recommended to improve circulation and lymphatic movement.
Sue Moore (, ) on Oct 10, 2014
Good Day to you, There is a specific Trigger Point Therapy for Fibromyalgia patients, it is best to do this prior to a flair up. Most clients have stated that it reduces the amount of flair ups and the intensity. I do not suggest that they receive Swedish as it is a softer touch that may sometimes induce a flair up. Check for a therapist that can talk to you about it prior to treatment. There are primary trigger points along the five meridians or energy channels on the back and scapula areas. I hope your mother finds relieve. Sue Moore
Amor Largo (Atlanta, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, massage could help her. She could get deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, energy work, or aromatherapy.
Brian Skow (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
Shiatsu therapy, performed by a qualified practitioner, is highly effective in addressing fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The therapy helps build vital energy (also called qi or ki) and helps it flow more freely, reducing pain and increasing vitality. Movement-based exercises, such as qigong, meridian exercises and yoga, help as well.
Rogelio Medina (Arlington, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage can treat fibromyalgia is many ways. Many clients not only have a decrease in pain, stiffness, fatigue, and insomnia, but a decrease in stress, anxiety, and depression. I would recommend Swedish massage. Fibromyalgia can be tricky. Sometimes the clients are sensitive to pressure and adjustments need to be made. A therapist may need to use a variety of massage techniques to have a successful session for the client. Pick a therapist who has experience working with fibromyalgia.
Nicole Keane (Anchorage, AK) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage can definitely help alleviate pain associated with fibromyalgia. There are several myofacial release techniques that have been beneficial to many people. Your mother could also have trigger points that are contributing to her pain symptoms.
Mary Jo Smiley (Warrendale, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
In most cases, fibromyalgia pain is myofascial. One must be careful to find someone that has experience treating fibro. I have treated clients with fibromyalgia who were very sensitive to pressure to start with. But after a few treatments, I could use firmer pressure, which helped to relieve their pain. In general, fibro is something that needs regular treatment by massage. Finding a good fit for her with a licensed massage therapist is essential.
Joseph DeBoo (Naperville, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Eselan and therapeutic touch are good techniques.
Jason Coppage (Fairfax, VA) on Oct 10, 2014
I would recommend myofascial release. I have had several clients come to me with fibromyalgia, and all of them have had the best result with myofascial release.
Joseph McCoy (Muenster, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
The best technique to use is myofascial release work along with lymphatic drainage and reflexology.
Lorinda Walker (Emerson, NJ) on Oct 10, 2014
I have had a lot of success treating fibromyalgia with Raindrop Therapy. This is a very gentle treatment that is quite effective for relieving the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Essential oils are first applied to the feet, then to the spine. After all oils are applied, a back massage is provided, followed by a hot towel compress. The oils to work to relieve pain quickly and most clients report great improvement in their pain levels after one or two sessions.
Brian Kocun (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage therapy is actually one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia pain and fatigue. In fact, in a survey completed by fibromyalgia sufferers, massage therapy was rated the best fibromyalgia treatment option by an overwhelming margin. Massage therapy benefits include: -increased blood circulation to the muscles, allowing for faster muscle repair -increased flexibility -increased range of motion -decreased stress and depression -reduced pain -reduced stiffness -improved sleep patterns In a 1996 study, fibromyalgia sufferers reported a 38% decrease in pain symptoms after receiving just ten, 30 minute massage sessions. They also reported a significant decrease in their sleep difficulties: they began sleeping for longer periods at a time and were disturbed less by sleep disorders.
Jonathan Liem (Monrovia, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes - neuromuscular therapy is one form of massage than can help. Of course, this means your mom has been to her doctor, and been diagnosed officially with fibro, right? There have also been some studies to support that many of the pain-points that are a requirement of fibromyalgia's diagnosis are also myofascial trigger points (distinct knots). Sometimes, when you gradually release those knots, we can relieve some of the pain. Currently, I am undergoing a rigorous training program for Neuromuscular Therapy and I expect to be certified for it by May of this year. I would suggest in the meantime that you look for an NMT (or I can refer you to one).
Ashley Hiatt (Austin, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
I would most certainly agree that massage is great for Fibromyalgia sufferers. I would recommend a Swedish style massage --the pressure of the massage would most depend on the level of sensitivity and pain she was feeling that day. Massage helps to reduce the amount of pain the suffer feels. According the Journal of Clinical Rheumetology massage is proven to be effective therapy. Hope this helps.
Crystal Balboa (Desert Hot Springs, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage therapy can reduce the pain, stiffness, and tender points caused by fibromyalgia syndrome. But how does it manage to do this? Well, no one is 100% sure on how massage actually reduces pain, but it may have something to do with the central nervous system. It is theorized that massage therapy actually enhances the production of certain pain blockers, including endorphins, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These hormones work to counteract pain signals conducted by the brain, which would explain why massage offers such dramatic pain relief. Myofascial release techniques help to relieve stiffness and tightness in your body's fascia, caused by myofascial pain. The fascia is a thin layer of tissue that covers all of your muscles and organs. In the case of fibromyalgia, the fascia can become extremely short and tense, resulting in pain. Myofascial release therapy uses stretching techniques to relieve this pain. The therapist first locates an area of tightness on your body. He gradually stretches this area, holds the stretch, and then allows the fascia to relax. The process is repeated until the fascia is completely relaxed. Use this technique in conjunction with trigger point therapy. Eat a lot of nuts if not allergic.
Kelly Churchfield (Long Beach, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
In my experience, myofascial release and lymphatic drainage work well in combination. MFR will open congested tissues that are creating little pockets of lymph in your body, which causese those areas to become inflamed and painful. Lymphatic Drainage helps move the lymph fluid, allowing it to be processed and excreted from the body.
Nicole Ewart (Seattle, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
I reccomend finding a massage therapist who is well versed in NMT (neuromuscular therapy or neuromuscular technique) which addresses trigger points. Trigger points are very active in clients with fibromyalgia. In fact, when a patient is diagnosed by their physician, the doctor. will check to see if the patient has active trigger points. (To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, 11 of the 18 trigger points must be active). A trigger point is a hypersensitive area in the muscle and fascia which spreads pain to other parts of the body, and can also cause motor dysfunction. NMT, also known as trigger point work, deactivates these trigger points, thus decreasing the pain the client may be experiencing. Additionally, finding a therapist who uses hydrotherapy may be helpful as well. Make sure therapists are respectful of the boundaries of pressure your Mom is comfortable with. Some of my clients who have had fibromyalgia are VERY sensitive to pressure and prefer a much lighter touch, while others prefer a deeper touch. Comfort and the ability to openly communicate with your therapist is the one of the most important factors in picking the right one.
Melissa Curtis (Lake Wales, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Relaxation massage and hot stone massage are best for fibromyalgia clients.
Sjhon Brown (Albany, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and active isolated stretching combined with gentle Swedish massage is the ideal structured approach for treatment of clients diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Prior to receiving any type of body work, clearance from a doctor is needed.
Heather Miller (Staten Island, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Swedish massage can help with generalized fibromyalgia pain, as well as some of the other symptoms of fibromyalgia such as anxiety, lack of sleep, depression, and quality of life. Very few studies have been done to show the effectiveness of massage therapy on fibromyalgia, but the available data has suggested that further study is warranted. On the pubmed website, these two articles may be helpful, one specifically regarding fibromyalgia and myofascial release massage therapy: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21234327 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20306046
Nicole Desrochers (Mount Vernon (fleetwood), NY) on Oct 10, 2014
It is true. According to a study done by the Touch Research Institute of Miami, fibromyalgia patients who received 30-minute massages twice a week for five weeks reported reduced pain and stiffness, less fatigue, decreased depression and less difficulty sleeping. The best type of massage for fibromyalgia is the light touch kind. A deep pressure massage can aggravate the condition. Adding essential oils such as lavender and feranium to massage oil can be very helpful. A blend of these two oils seems to work best. They can also be diffused into the air to aid relaxation and added to bath water for a relaxing warm bath. Epson Salts (magnesium sulfate) should also be added to the bath water. The magnesium in the salts and the essential oils are absorbed directly through the skin and into to the muscles where they can be most beneficial.
Robin Kania (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage has been shown to help with many cases of fibromyalgia, and from my experience has severely decreased the instances of flair up. It is important that your mom visit a therapist who is familiar with the 18 tender points of fibromyalgia, and uses a variety of modalities, as fibromyalgia massage needs to combine several different techniques to address the different needs of the client, as they can change from session to session.
Ronda McClellan (Concord, NC) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage is great for fibromyalgia because it helps to ease the pain. There are certain pressure points on your mom's body due to having fibromyalgia. When she gets massage and bodywork, a therapist can work those areas to relieve her pain. Your mom would benefit from Swedish massage and connective tissue massage. Connective tissue or myofascial massage helps to stretch and relieve pain in the fascia, which is what surrounds the muscle, so the muscle and fascia get relief. There are different massage techniques that can be used during the session also, such as squeezing, rolling and a form of trigger point release. I hope this information helps you and your mom.
Anne Hartley (Gahanna, OH) on Oct 10, 2014
Therapeutic massage can definitely help people with fibromyalgia. They type of treatment will vary with the person. Some individuals can only take a light, Swedish-type massage. If the person can take deeper pressure, trigger point therapy can help release more painful areas. If so, you need to find a therapist certified in neuromuscular/myofascial therapy. Neuromuscular therapy is sometimes referred to as deep tissue, but an experienced therapist can perform it with fairly light pressure. It should always be worked to the patient's tolerance only. Best to start light, and see where it goes.
Danielle Buyea (Saint Petersburg, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Fibromyalgia is a tricky condition. Most people with this condition really benefit from massage. The tricky part is figuring out what kind of massage is beneficial for each individual person. Some people with fibromyalgia can only handle very light pressure because otherwise they wake up in a lot of pain the next morning. Very light pressure means almost feather-light. To someone who does not have fibromyalgia, this may seem like a waste, but to the person suffering from fibromyalgia this is the only way they can get to sleep during a flare-up of symptoms. Others with the condition go to the extreme opposite. They require very deep pressure. These people will not wake up with a lot of pain. Again, this is the only way they can find to help them sleep. It can be frustrating to deal with this condition if you don't know what kind of massage is more beneficial.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage does help with FM. I would suggest getting just a basic Swedish massage. Since at times people with FM have a limited tolerance for pain, I would suggest avoiding deep tissue.
Russell Fox (Tampa, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
When I work on someone with fibromyalgia, and they are not having flare-ups, I tend to use broad strokes with my entire hand that is coupled with a Reiki component. The strokes are firm, but intended not to aggravate the angry nerves. When someone is in a period of painful spasms, I resort to using lymphatic drainage which can pull any toxins out of the area and replace them with nourishing protein-rich lymph that can calm down the nerves. In any case, I listen to the client and pull back when any additional pain happens.
Debbie Clemans (Everett, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
Swedish massage is recommended for fibromyalgia--specifically the friction stroke. I recommend that your mom find a massage practitioner that is willing to work with her at her level of comfort. Communication and trust between your mom and her therapist is of utmost importance.
Rob Hundley (Broomfield, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
I have quite a few clients with fibromyalgia. There is a very wide range of massage techniques that can be effective, everything from very light Swedish to Deep Tissue. It really depends on the client and the day. I would not suggest massage during a pain flare-up. I have used some energy techniques at those times that have been very effective. In general, I would say that my clients with fibromyalgia are much better with massage than without.
Sharyn Cerio-Bernstein (Pueblo, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Working with people that have fibromyalgia, I have found that each patient experiences their condition differently. One may only get relief with deep tissue and trigger point therapy, while another may only be able to handle light Swedish massage. May I recommend that you go slowly, starting with Swedish, and if you and your therapist think it warranted, begin to integrate deeper work. Fibromyalgia responds wonderfully to energy work so if you can find a therapist that also integrates that, then so much the better!
Lisa Newkirk (Homestead, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
I recommend a technique called myofascial, which helps to relieve any stiffness or tightness. Start off with a Swedish massage, which is a light massage to relax the body using kneading techniques. Finish with myofascial to help with the tender, tense areas.
Lauren McGregor (Hollywood, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
A regular Swedish massage or even deep tissue would help with fibromyalgia pain. I myself use a mix of modalities that incorporates a myofascial, Swedish, lymphatic twist. So far all my clients with sever pain issues love it.
Kweli Ya-Saleem (Latham, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Fibro affects people differently. Some people can take deep pressure while others can only take a very light touch. Start off with Swedish until you gauge how much she can take. Try craniosacral and myofascial release.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
FB is nothing but body pain. Start with trigger point work. May take a few sessions to reduce or remove trigger points. Cold Laser Therapy is the best answer for faster results. A change in diet will speed up the results. If possible one should turn vegan. Anything cold will bring more pain and add to the patient's woes. No soda, ice, Diet Coke or sugar-free items. Bread and other bakery items are hard on digestion. Once you achieve this, we may talk further.
Michael Crowley (Palm Bay, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Though most sources state a massage composed of Swedish (relaxation) movements is indicated for fibromyalgia pain, in my experience 9 out of 10 fibromyalgia clients prefer work with a bit more therapeutic value. Some have even requested deep tissue work. My suggestion is to start with a basic relaxation massage and advise your mother to request therapeutic or deep work as long as she can tolerate it. Hope that is helpful. Also some energy work, such as Reiki and Qigong, can be helpful.
Dominique Charleston (Seabrook, MD) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, massage is wonderful for people suffering from fibromyalgia. The type of massage that I recommend is a myofascial release with the pressure that she can tolerate.
Peter Proto (Meriden, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
For fibromyalgia, I recommend Swedish, craniosacral or any light touch massage.
Andrew Milliot (Enfield, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
For your mom, it would definitely depend on her own level of sensitivity. Speaking generally, those who suffer from fibro are hypersensitive to touch, so I would begin with VERY light strokes, and be sure that we are tuned in with each other to ensure accurate feedback. She may also benefit from energy work such as Reiki, which involves little to no touching at all. Best of luck to you and her.
Kim Vankirk (Gillette, WY) on Oct 10, 2014
Swedish massage and the deep tissue massage.
Ken Rhoda (San Clemente, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
There are several modalities, which is best is difficult to answer as each person is different. Options include medical massage, reflexology, light trigger point and Swedish.
Daniel Cook (Woodinville, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
Many fibromyalgia patients respond well to massage. Generally, patients find that a more gentle generalized massage is more effective. Massages should be no more than one hour, andno more often than weekly to begin. She might even do well to start with a shorter massage, say, 30 minutes, in order to assess how well her body responds. If she finds some relief that way, try one hour, but no longer than that. And it is best to find a therapist who has worked with fibromyalgia patients in the past. Good luck to you and your mother, Daniel Cook, EAMP, LMP
Carol Hayes (West Dundee, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage is one of the best treatments for this condition. Massage should be tailored to how the client is feeling at the time of treatment. Very slow, very light massage seems to work best. Clients that have weekly massages sleep better and have less pain.
Herb Gleason (Pompano Beach, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage therapy is a hands-on treatment that is becoming more and more popular, both with fibromyalgia patients and other pain sufferers. In massage therapy, your muscles and soft tissues are manipulated in order to relieve stress, reduce pain, and increase flexibility. Usually done with the hands, there are a variety of different techniques used to give a massage. Common techniques involve stroking, kneading, and palpating the muscles. Sometimes, a special instrument or device is used to help relieve tension in tight muscles.
Shannon Arnaud (Baton Rouge, LA) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage therapy is actually one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia pain and fatigue. Depending on sensitivity level, a light massage such as Swedish, myofascial release, Shiatsu, and reflexology is more beneficial. For a deeper massage(for muscles that are underlying), a deep tissue massage is more beneficial.
Robert Conroy (San Diego, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Hot stone and deep tissue combination seems to work best for fibromyalgia. With hot stone the deep tissue pressure doesn't need to be too deep to be effective. I've been doing this for about 10 years now and had really good results. If you have fibromyalgia, you may well have a magnesium deficiency. The serum magnesium test most doctors do is not always accurate as only about 1% of your body magnesium resides in the blood. Only an ion magnesium test is very accurate. Magnesium, B6, and zinc can sometimes be very helpful. A really good book on this is called The Miracle of Magnesium by Carolyn Dean. I am also a California Certified Nutritionist Consultant practicing in the San Diego area.
David Zimmer (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
In fibromyalgia the client experiences pain up to ten times greater than someone not suffering from the syndrome. In the pain cycle the receptors keep firing, keep sending the message that there is a problem. The idea is to break the pain cycle. There are 18 fibromyalgic pain points, similar to trigger points, and the pain is localized there. Like trigger points there is referred pain to other spots in the body. Unlike trigger points there are connected symptoms that might bedevil the client. They might suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, chronic fatigue and cdepression. Regular massage for the unitiated therapist can exacerbate fibromyalgic pain. An amount of pressure which feels therapeutic to a fibromyalgic patient at first will cause them days of uninterrupted pain. I have a lot of experience with fibromyalgia, as my wife is fibromyalgic. I am a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and my studies have allowed me to help my wife. The work is beyond non-invasive. There are days when I might work on her three times and the first of those sessions does not involve touch. I know her system so well we can work without physical contact. During a session the first place is the most obvious, where does it hurt? Then the question remains, what is under that pain? Treating fibromyalgia is like the peeling of an onion.
Amanda Boehm (Alexandria, VA) on Oct 10, 2014
Every person is different depending on their preference. Many of my clients with this condition find the most help with deep tissue massage on a frequent basis. Every two weeks is best.
Ofer Orr (Jamaica - Estate, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Most fibromyalgia sufferers do not like massage because of their sensitivity to touch. The best massage modality for them will be light Swedish massage or energy work like Reiki. Avoid any deep pressure like deep tissue massage, as it will be painful to them.
Shirley Lynn Thorn (Menifee, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
I understand fibromyalgia pain, I have it. As a massage therapist and professional I know from experience that a good circulatory massage make me feel so much better and helps to reduce the symptoms tremendously. For those suffering from fibromyalgia, deep tissue is not recommended as it can trigger more symptoms. A good Swedish massage will do the trick. Lynn Thorn, CMT HHP
Carlotta Doss (Seattle, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
The type of massage depends on the person. Some with fibromyalgia can tolerate deep tissue and really enjoy it. However, some can only tolerate a lighter touch. A massage therapist who massages a client with fibromyalgia would need to speak with the client to discuss these issues to make sure the session is safe and addresses the client's concerns. I hope this answers your question.
Norma Segovia (San Antonio, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
In my experience it all depends on the client. I have had a client who could only tolerate compression to her muscles since her flare-up was intense at the time she was here. Another client needed very deep pressure in certain area of her body.
Patricia Becker (Boca Raton, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
First, locate a licensed massage therapist familiar with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, auto-immune illnesses, and other gentle forms of massage therapy. These types of therapy require a gentle touch, compassion, and the ability to be flexible time-wise. With all of that said, energy-work combined with gentle touch massage therapy will be beneficial for your mom.
Brian Chambers (Chicago, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Therapeutic bodywork can indeed help fibromyalgia sufferers find relief,, but it is important to begin with a more gentle massage session to make sure your mom's pain is not aggravated For some people, even moderate pressure on the tender points that characterize fibromylagia can cause a flare-up. For others, deep pressure is just the ticket. It's also important to "massage the person,not the condition", so your mom should look for a therapist who can address her overall well-being. Good luck!
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
Many people with fibromyalgia find a gentle Esalon massage helps to relax the muscles a relieve pain. Getting a massage once a week and then tapering to once a month is an effective plan. G. Macinski, LMT
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
Many people with fibromyalgia find a gentle Esalon massage helps to relax the muscles a relieve pain. Getting a massage once a week and then tapering to once a month is an effective plan. G. Macinski, LMT
Heather Stevens (Salt Lake City, UT) on Oct 10, 2014
Deep tissue massage is best for fibromyalgia pain. The medical community is still undecided on what causes fibromyalgia. However, there is strong evidence that suggests that deep tissue massage alongg with releasing fascial restrictions within the body, can provide significant relief for fibromyalfia sufferers. It usually takes several sessions for the fbromyalgia client to tolerate deep tissue massage due to the body tenderness associated with fibromyalgia. However, the benefits of deep tissue are numerous. The key is for the therapist to go VERY slowly to decrease the chance of causing pain.
Micah Harris (Marietta, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
This a great question. Many people feel like they can't enjoy the benefits of massage because they have fibromyalgia. Yet they can, and also relieve their pain a bit. Even though fibromyalgia can be relieved with massage therapy, it is possible that you may need to start out really light and then increase pressure slowly over time. This is when deep tissue massage will begin to release pain, as blood and oxygen can begin flowing again. However, even with all of the benefits of massage, you should know that it will hurt and take time. On the other hand, there are some patients (in particular, men) who need a deeper pressure right from the start. It will be up to you to work this out with your therapist by telling them what feels right. Always remember that communication between you and your therapist is necessary to provide you with the best massage experience.