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

Would massage be good for fibromyalgia and migraine headaches?

J. Tim Cochran (Hendersonville, NC) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes. Massage is good for fibro if proper precautions are taken. You have to communicate well with the client. Migraines are always tricky, since sound, smell, or many other things can set them off. One of the most effective things I do to relieve migraine pain is target shiatsu pressure points on the face and head.
Rupa Schodowski (Shelby Township, MI) on Oct 1, 2012
I have clients that have fibromyalgia and tension headaches. These conditions can be exacerbated by diet, heredity and stress. Exercise, proper nutrition, stretching and rest are crucial for a tired mind and body. Try trigger point therapy.
William Dinger (Los Angeles, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
CranioSacral massage combined with light Swedish massage could help to calm some of the pain. Creating a routine of self care with modalities like massage, acupuncture and qi gong could be a better way to cope with migraines and fibromyalgia.
Heather Park (Sandy, UT) on Oct 1, 2012
I used to have migraine headaches. And they would last up to 3 days. Then I went to massage school and had a very interesting experience with craniosacral therapy. I went to class with a terrible migraine. I complained to my teacher that I could not think or study, and needed to go home. He offered to help relieve my headache, if I'd serve as an example for the class. He worked on my head for 20 minutes. His hands never moved, and the pressure was very gentle. My headache disappeared, and I have not had any migraines since. Craniosacral therapy works, and I now practice this fabulous modality. I also have a mother who suffers from fibromyalgia, and this therapy really helps her mind and body become more balanced. There are many different hand positions around the body that can relieve your symptoms, and bring relaxation and relief. I encourage you to give craniosacral therapy a try.
Paula Harmon (Columbia, MO) on Oct 1, 2012
Absolutely! Massage helps alleviate stress in general. The tension that tight muscles place on your skeletal system causes different sensations in different people. The head is said to feel like it weighs 50 pounds due to the pressure on the structure of the neck. Most people hunch over a computer all day, which puts more pressure on these neck muscles. I do a NISA form of massage, which works out the tension along the spine from the head down to the sacrum. The goal is to open up all of the nerve channels along the vertebrae, which should help with some of the pain as it takes pressure off of the nerves.
Michael Hysler (Simsbury, CT) on Oct 1, 2012
I would suggest craniosacral therapy, a non-invasive modality that is gentle yet very effective in relieving migraine and fibromyalgia symptoms.
Dianna Kendrick (Martinez, GA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes you will benefit from massage therapy. Several of my clients have fibromyalgia and come to see me every two weeks for relief. Massage activates our parasympathetic nervous system. As your body relaxes, you're more capable of producing and releasing the hormones needed for better rest and digestion, therefore improving quality of sleep,stress reduction and overall quality of life.
Mary Jo Smiley (Warrendale, PA) on Oct 1, 2012
With fibromyalgia, choose your massage therapist carefully. If you are very sensitive, a deep tissue massage might increase your pain, not decrease it. That said, everyone with fibromyalgia is different. Some patients want deep, hard bodywork, while others can barely stand to be touched, at least at first. Often after a few weekly sessions, I can use normal pressure with these sensitive clients. Keep in mind you'll see the most benefit from regular massage sessions. As to migraines, I've had pretty good luck with easing them too. Sometimes they're caused by myofascial trigger points (as mine were) and other times they're caused by sensitivities to certain foods or substances. With the help of a massage therapist trained in trigger point therapy, along with good self-treatment, even longstanding migraine issues can often be eliminated. Were you in an accident or did you suffer some kind of trauma 30 years ago? Stress will almost always make any trigger point pain pattern worse. I work with a doctor who tests for allergies, which can sometimes cause migraines. Not every pattern of migraines can be eliminated through allergy testing, but it's worth a try. For example, if you have a wheat allergy, just eliminating wheat from your diet can often cure migraines. So, it's a more complex issue that you might have thought. You could get 20 massages without long-lasting results, or have a single massage from a well-trained therapist and leave migraine-free. If massage doesn't seem to affect migraines, I normally refer clients for allergy testing. In both cases, you need someone with training and experience with fibromyalgia. Not all massage therapists are created equal.
John Musco (Ithaca, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
Migraines affect millions of people. They can be caused and triggered by many things, from diet to physiology. My treatment for migraines includes extensive head, neck, and face massage. There are numerous touchpoints on the head and face that can relieve stress and pressure. A natural remedy that may help is a good lavender essential oil. It is a calming oil that can relieve the nervous tension or stress. You can rub it gently on the temple areas or just smell it. As for your fibromyalgia, which also affects millions of people, I suggest also looking at your diet, look for a good chiropractor and get a massage at least once a month. You may also want to try yoga.
Danielle Brodeur (Cave Creek, AZ) on Oct 1, 2012
Among natural remedies, peppermint oil is great for migraines, and it can be taken as a preventative as well. It can be found at Whole Foods. Look for a product that can be placed directly on the tongue. Reflexology and lymphatic massage are great for fibromyalgia. Reflexology allows the client to remain dressed, which may help her relax. Some clients with fibromyalgia fear that they will experience a flare-up during a massage, which can prevent them from relaxing. Lymphatic massage is very slow and light and great for detoxing.
Yandaya Wakutondo (Dallas, TX) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, most definitely. Massage is ranked as highly effective by people with fibromyalgia. Studies shows that massage decreases muscle tension and stress, enhances circulation, facilitates detoxification, relieves headaches, eases pain, reduces swelling and fluid retention, stimulates the nervous system, reduces fatigue, and decreases anxiety and depression. Massage can also improve sleep quality. By producing a meditative state, massage can also provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.
Bonnie Holzman (Miami, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Exercise and a fitness program work well. Get light massages and practice relaxation techniques, including activities that you find enjoyable. I'd also recommend cognitive behavioral therapy. Good luck.
Kim Greenlee (El Paso, TX) on Oct 1, 2012
Regular stress relief massage could definitely help lessen the stress you are going through. Do you know what is causing the migraines?
Martin Schweizer (Encinitas, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
My wife has fibromyalgia and has experienced relief from gentle,whole body massage. The migraines could be caused by stress, so try to meditate. Massage, coupled with acupuncture, could be helpful, particularly along the gall bladder channel on the side of the head and body.
Trina Elson (Stuart, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage is the best thing for fibromyalgia. Massage can increase your blood flow, stimulate your muscles and reduce your stress levels. All of these will help to reduce your pain associated with fibromyalgia. As for headaches or migraine headaches try placing your feet up to your ankles into warm water (as warm as tolerable) and then placing a cold compress (or bag of frozen peas) on your neck. This will help to confuse your brain signals, either preventing the headache or decreasing the pain associated with the headache.
Joseph Weger (Ft Mitchell, KY) on Oct 1, 2012
Dear Zeel Member, Without trying to toot my horn for ego's sake, I just want to explain my experience in this area. I was rated the #1 therapeutic deep tissue worker in NYC 6 years in a row, as well as one of the top 10 alternative healers, the #1 aromatherapist and one of the top prenatal therapists. My years of experience have pushed me to think outside the box to come up with cures when the techniques I'd learned at school were ineffective. I have had tremendous success with migraine headaches (and I can provide references). I've cured a woman who suffered from daily migraines in under three months. I am proud and happy to say that she no longer has migraines and they haven't come back in a year. For fibromyalgia, I have also had tremendous success via massage. However, I am also privvy to a phenomenal new brand based on new science that to date is very little known. It works absolute wonders. It can sometimes take time for the word to get out to the masses, as we all know. There was a clinical trial about 3 or 4 years ago that had fantastic results. I know this for a fact, as I was friends with one of the women in the trial. I would be glad to share this information with anyone who is interested.
Nobledamon Withey-Bey (Atlanta, GA) on Oct 1, 2012
Migraines can have many different causes and there are many different types of migraines. I find it's important to make sure clients with migraines relax enough to allow the most effective application of pressure. We need to massage the entire back, shoulder and neck and reduce blood pressure. This usually does the trick.
Mario Messina-Azekri (Portland, OR) on Oct 1, 2012
Get massage every week to two weeks and try Bowenwork, a neuromuscular technique.
Flo Lawrence (Woodland Hills, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, in both cases. Migraine headaches are caused by the abnormal gathering of liver qi stagnation and respond to acupuncture and massage. Migraines often have an emotional component, and fibromyalgia may as well. Controlling emotions and eating or avoiding certain foods can help.
Andy Ly (Sterling Heights, MI) on Oct 1, 2012
My experience tells me that you may have trigger points or fibrotic tissues deposit in your muscles that are preventing normal blood circulation in some areas of your body. Trigger points or fibrotic tissues are formed by: -Repetitive overuse of muscles for long hours -Mechanical stress after lifting heavy objects -Emotional stress/ Biochemical imbalance -Physical trauma, accident or injury -Disease or other medical conditions Trigger points or fibrotic tissues are toxin materials that formed in your tissues and may stay there for a very long time. They limited blood circulation, preventing oxygen, nutrients and bio-chemical deliver to the tissues. they also limited normal lymphatic fluid flow which help exchange clean fluid and remove toxins from the tissues. The stagnation or fibrotic tissues create inflammation thus cause pain. Such pain produce from fibromyalgia syndrome prevent you from relaxing thus causing stress, anxiety that associated with other conditions such as chronic fatigue, hot flashes, high blood pressure, headache, fever, insomnia, ringing ear, arthritis. tendonitis, joint pain ....and so on. Hot stone therapeutic massage along with cupping, micro-puncture (small bloodletting) and acupuncture may be one of the solutions that help eliminate your fibromyalgia syndrome.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Oct 1, 2012
Both can be definitely helped with massage. Craniosacral therapy can help migraine. Since fibromyalgia patients are in constant pain, they can be helped with cold laser therapy along with gentle massage. Avoid diet soda and anything that comes from a tin or a can. Anything that has preservatives should not be used. If you drink cold water, beverages or juices, you must stop doing so instantly. Cold drinks are the triggers for all pains. If you become a vegetarian, you will probably get rid of these dysfunctions in 6 to 8 weeks.
Sue-Brown Henry (Georgetown, DE) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage is definitely good for fibromyalgia and migraine headaches, but specific modalities (specialized types) would be more beneficial. I would recommend CranioSacral Therapy (CST) for migraines and Myofascial Release (MFR) for fibromyalgia. I have also heard that Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is recommended for fibromyalgia, but I haven't treated anyone for fibromyalgia with MLD. CranioSacral Therapy works with the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), which has an influx and an outflow. The CSF provides nutrition and cleans toxins from the brain and spinal column. If you have any lesions, such as scar tissue, or if something is out of alignment, the CSF cannot flow properly. CST helps your body heal by releasing any lesions and allowing your body to realign itself. Myofascial release mainly works with fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue the covers, supports and separates muscles. It is what gives us shape. It also protects us. When we injure or misuse (repetitive movements, poor posture, etc.) a body part; our fascia will adjust itself to protect us. It may thicken or thin out or restructure, which pulls on another body part, which may pull on another body part, which may pull something else, and so on. If we fail to adjust the fascia, it may get stuck in a harmful new pattern. But MFR can release stuck fascia and allow your body to go back to its proper form. When your fascia is tight, it can be constrictive and painful; when released it feels wonderful. You feel so much lighter. Many people with fibromyalgia praise MFR for the relief it has given them. Good luck and good healing!
Heather Kierczak (Ann Arbor, MI) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage therapy is wonderful for those suffering with migraines and fibromyalgia. Muscle tension and stress are often triggers for migraines. Massage promotes relaxation and reduces stress. A combination of massage techniques can be very successful in dealing with fibromyalgia.
Sandy Rabolli (Coral Springs, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes I have excellent success with treatments for both migraines and fibro. For optimal health, diet, exercise and massage all need to be taken seriously. I have had great success with patients, if they incorporate all three into their lives.
Jeff Shuman (East Hartford, CT) on Oct 1, 2012
Absolutely! Massage is great for so many conditions, with fibromyalgia and headaches (migraine or not) very high on that list. Another great technique that is helpful for both conditions is massage cupping.
Ken Gorzen (New York, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
We have used a three step approach with excellent results. All steps are done in unison. Step 1 and 2: colon hydrotherapy, augmented by a liver-detoxifying supplement (My wife is a NYS licensed nutritionist and colon hydrotherapist and has been doing this for 34 years). Step 3: an aromatherapy massage specifically designed to help rid the body of pathogens. This treatment regime helps with fibromyalgia also.
Maria Medvedska (San Diego, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Actually, massage is the best treatment for fibromyalgia and headaches, because it not only releases muscular tension, but also restores energy flow, which can be blocked by tight knots in the muscle or connective tissue. I would recommend finding a practitioner who is proficient not only in Swedish and deep tissue massage, but also in myofascial release and energy or craniosacral techniques.
Brian Skow (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 1, 2012
I have applied Shiatsu, gentle meridian exercises and meditation to release clients from the grips of migraines and fibromyalgia.
Daniel Cook (Woodinville, WA) on Oct 1, 2012
I have generally found that massage can be beneficial for both headaches and fibromyalgia. However, it is important that your massage therapist be aware of the fibro in order to give the best treatment. Generally speaking, fibro patients will get better results from frequent, but comparatively light massage. Depending on severity, you may even find that a 60 minute session (which is typical) is too much, so you might discuss the possibility of reducing the length of your treatments but increasing frequency as needed. The headaches, if due mostly to stress, should respond to the massage as well (though I find acupuncture more effective in those cases). Be aware that the treatment for the headaches will likely target the muscles of the neck, upper back and shoulders, and that this might aggravate the fibromyalgia. Again, it is important to make your therapist aware of your conditions and communicate with him/her during the session to avoid massaging too hard or too deeply and thereby aggravating the fibro. Hope that is helpful. Good luck.
Therese Kortas (Woodridge, IL) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, massage is very good for fibromyalgia. Get a light Swedish massage between flare-ups. It will be light enough not to hurt, but still provide muscular relief. If the migraines are caused by stress or muscular tension, massage will help. If they are caused by a structural problem, then a chiropractor may be able to help you. I hope this has helped you.
Stan Taylor (Salt Lake City, UT) on Oct 1, 2012
Fibromyalgia is a "gray" issue; it's what doctors often call uncategorized pain. I can definitely help relieve pain caused by migraines and fibromyalgia by working soft tissue, myoskeletal alignment techniques, and/or deep tissue massage.
Roy Kenji Omori (Newport, RI) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, massage can help to relieve pain from fibromyalgia and migraine headaches.
Gary Semoes (Inwood, IA) on Oct 1, 2012
Every client is different. I have worked with clients that have both headaches and fibromyalgia and have noticed a decline in both the number of headaches and their severity. Acupressure at the base of the skull and just behind the ear tends to help wiht headaches, while whole-body Swedish massage can reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia in many cases.
Scott Corliss (Portsmouth, NH) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage has been clinically shown to relieve chronic tension and migraine headaches. Those who also suffer from fibromyalgia have been helped by regular bodywork to reduce stress, which is one of the main reasons for chronic pain. Working the cervical region and releasing chronically tight muscles of the neck and upper back can greatly reduce headache pain caused by trigger points (tender points) located in this area.
David Zimmer (New York, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
I am a biodynamic craniosacral therapist and have clients who suffer from migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS, chronic fatigue and chronic pain. Craniosacral therapy is a perfect solution for what ails you. It is non-invasive(therefore painless) and very effective.
Judy Christen (Sacramento, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Absolutely. Hanna Somatic Education, which I also practice, is very good for fibromyalgia too.
Fardeen Arif (Aurora, IL) on Oct 2, 2012
Massage is ideal not only for pain management but also for improved flexibility in tight muscles. It would be best to start with a few sessions of Swedish massage, with time set aside for condition-specific therapy. I would refrain from trigger point therapy in the first few sessions. Migraine headaches, if caused by musculo-skeletal pathology, would necessitate massage of all the muscles that affect the motion of the neck. Everyone responds differently to different types of bodywork, so please don't lose heart if it takes a while before you can find the therapist that is right for you.
Molly Sutton (Denver, CO) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes! Absolutely. Those are both diagnoses that warrant the use of massage. Migraines can sometimes be caused by trigger points in the neck and occiput muscles, and are helped with sustained pressure on those points. Since fibromyalgia causes pain in the whole body, Swedish massage diminishes pain by allowing the entire body to relax. My name is Molly Sutton and I work in Capitol Hill, Denver. Please view my profile and see if we can work together!
Pauline Haughton (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Absolutely. Massage is especially good for people with either headaches or fibromyalgia. The head must be massaged for proper treatment. I have performed head massages hundreds of times on clients and have had great success at reducing or eliminating the recurrence of migraines. With fibromyalgia, people tend to have different tolerance levels. Sometimes deep tissue massage works, and sometimes myofascial release is better. Regardless of the modality, massage has proven to be beneficial for people with fibromyalgia.
Cynthia Hill-Meriwether (Tulsa, OK) on Oct 1, 2012
Many clients with fibromyalgia do benefit from massage. I have clients that say they couldn't make it without frequent massage. However each fibromyalgia client is unique and their case of fibromyalgia is unique to them. Massage tolerance depends on how severe your fibromyalgia is and if you're having a flare-up. There are techniques that can help regardless of the state of the fibro, but not every therapists is trained in those methods. Make sure to research a therapist's training, experience and specialties before getting a massage. Migraines may also be successfully treated with craniosacral therapy or a cold stone facial massage.
K.C. Schellhammer (, ) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage is great for migraines. My sister suffers from migraines and she says the pain is reduced greatly by 20 minutes of facial and head massage. Massage also helps with fibromyalgia. I don't know if you have see the Guaifenesin Protocol for fibromyalgia. However, I have a client who is on it and it seems to be helping him.
Audrey Filardi (Sweetwater, NJ) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage, particularly Swedish massage, is effective at reducing the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Stress often worsens the symptoms. Watsu is an even better technique for fibromyalgia. It is a warm water-based therapy that combines stretching, joint mobilization, pressure points and massage in 94 degree water. As you float the therapist slowly moves you through the water. The warm water, buoyancy and sensory deprivation promotes deep relaxation while your muscles and joints are softened and freed from their holding patterns. Because of the profound relaxation watsu induces, it can improve sleep quality. Fibromyalgia sufferers often experience disturbed sleep patterns which exacerbates their pain. Massage is beneficial but watsu is the best choice, if available.
Krissy Viccione (East Greenwich, RI) on Oct 1, 2012
You should try a combination of myofascial release and Swedish massage. It is a wonderful treatment and can be very effective in treating migraine headaches. It is also effective in treating fibro. However, everyone is different and there are no guarantees that this treatment will work for you. On the other hand, I have had great success in treating people with fibromyalgia. Good luck!
Udo Magel (Lakewood, CO) on Oct 1, 2012
In some cases a light massage might help with fibromyalgia, though everyone reacts differently. Relaxation, fitness and exercise, physical therapy, proper nutrition and acupuncture can all help too. There are many different causes of migraines. In some cases massage, along with acupressure and chiropractic medicine, can help. A change of diet and eliminating alcohol and tobacco can help too.
Melissa McMaster (Overland Park, KS) on Oct 1, 2012
I sorry you are having so many problems. Massage has been proven to help reduce or eliminate many of the problems associated with migraines and fibromyalgia. It also helps reduce stress, reduce muscle tension and get rid of knots, which will complicate both conditions. Acupressure has helped me with my migraines.
Jason Zwickler (Norwalk, CT) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage helps reduce stress. Some people with fibromyalgia find great relief with a gentle massage, along with other relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Oct 1, 2012
Absolutely. PRRT, Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques, and EFT combined would work very well for you!
Nadine Fulle (Depew, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
I have had many clients see me for fibromyalgia. The usefulness of massage depends on the the client's pain tolerance. For people with fibromyalgia, sometimes even air movements can be painful. That said, my clients with fibro typically feel great after massage and find that they can move more freely and do more things. I would recommend massage for your fibro. Just make sure you communicate well with your therapist. As for migraines, it all depends on their cause. I usually work on the small muscles on the back of the head and neck, which gives the client release. I'll also do facial massage and some compression along the bones. My suggestion to you is to find a skilled massage therapist who's had experience with issues like yours. Remember to communicate. I hope this has helped. Hope it works out for you. Take care and be well.
Daniel Lopes (Belle Vernon, PA) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage is definitely great for fibromyalgia and migraines, though you should avoid it during a fibro flare-up. When you do receive massage, your therapist needs to take it easy - no deep work!
Andria Robinson (Oak Park, MI) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage therapy is awesome for fibromyalgia and migraines. It can help relax muscles, improve tne range of motion in joints and increase production of the body's natural painkillers. Low-impact exercise programs is another great remedy that gives people with fibromyalgia relief by raising the levels of natural chemicals in the body that reduce pain and fatigue. Acupuncture is another alternative for both conditions. It can be highly effective. We offer an awesome membership program that will allow you to receive weekly massages for as little as $25 per week. To schedule a free consultation, contact us.
Angela Kennedy (Calabasas, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
How can massage help with migraines? Migraine sufferers generally suffer from stiff, tender muscles in the back of the head, neck, and shoulders. The pressure against these points in the muscle can be the cause of severe pain, pain that is akin to migraine pain. These pressure points are known as trigger points. By massaging the trigger points, one can effectively reduce the pain and tightness in the muscles, which decreases discomfort in some sufferers. Massage therapy is a terrific method for reducing tension in the muscles, as well as reducing stress. When beginning a massage program it is best to begin with one or two sessions a week for about a month and a half. Massage also helps to fight pain and enhance well-being in fibromyalgia patients.
Kate Reust (Seattle, WA) on Oct 1, 2012
Without getting to know you this is a shot in the dark. I've found with my clients that often IBS goes along with the fibro. I have them take a daily combination of Nutrametrix OPC3 and Activated B-Complex. In 99.9% of the cases, the IBS clears in a few days and pain remission happens in about 30 days. This is a nutritional therapy I've found works. For the migraines, finding someone, such as myself, who specializes in cranial intra-oral therapy would be a good way to help relieve structural stresses unique to migraine sufferers. Would love to assist.
Faith Foster (Virginia Beach, VA) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage can be very good for fibromyalgia, though deep tissue is obviously not recommended. Energy work is also encouraged to help clear the body and aid in stress reduction. Both of these tools can also be effective in helping to relieve headaches/migraines. Stress causes the majority of dysfunction in the body and relieving stress speeds healing. I can show you pressure points that you can self-massage to relieve headaches.
Tony Damian (Altamonte Springs, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Migraines can be caused by many different things. There are muscles in the neck that are actually referred to as "migraine mimickers" because tightness in these neck muscles creates excessive stress on the skull and jaw, causing pain. The major muscles of the neck that attach the shoulder, clavical and scapula to the skull are the scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, levator scapula and trapezius. Note that the traps actually continue up the shoulder to the neck and attach at the occipital ridge. From here it attaches to the fascia band that runs across the top of the head and attaches just above the eyebrows. (Sound like a familiar headache area?) The shoulders and upper arms are the base on which the neck rests; all these muscles have attachment sites here and on the skull. If the base is abnormally tight, then the neck muscles cannot unwind. Excessive tension in the neck muscles affect migraine headaches. When the upper body is tight, and the neck muscles are tight, these muscles will pull on the skull. This pulling strain causes migraine headaches because the bones of the skull can not flex, building pressure in the cranium and restricting the flow of ceribral spinal fluid (CFS). The other essential area in migraine pain are the muscles of the jaw. Migraine pain will not be solved until the jaw muscle is relaxed. When the digastric muscle gets tight, it presses into the cranial nerves which induces pain signals to the head. Tightness in the jaw is connected to muscular inflexibility in the upper body and neck muscles. An advanced Massage Therapist can rid you of migraines in minutes. The S.C.M. (Sternocleidomastoid) for instance: This muscle is along side the throat on the front sides of the neck. If you sniff in quickly, the SCM will show itself. It connects the sternum, clavical and mastiod. The following is a simple "migraine cure": 1. tilt the head foreward and to one side 2. sniff in quickly and pinch the center of this muscle between your thumb and finger. 3. bring head upright while still holding the belly of the SCM. 4. Pinch it good, hold for at least 6 seconds while gently pulling away (as if to pluck a string) 5. release and repeat on other side. compression to the belly of the muscle confuses the golgi tendon organs in the muscle fibers that are in a chronic holding pattern... thus releasing. Headache gone at least 85% of the time within my experiences. PS: prior to becoming an LMT I suffered with migraines at least 2 times a year and lost days of work. I don't have one now for more then 5 minutes. Tony Damian, LMT, RMT
Anne Olivier (Dallas, TX) on Oct 1, 2012
Lymphatic massage would be great for you. It's gentle and also works with the nervous system, which makes it very relaxing. When the body is holding less toxins it's more at ease. When the muscles are tight, lymphatic fluid can't move as easily and toxins collect and can cause pressure and congestion that creates headaches. Often, people with fibromyalgia are very sensitive to touch. Lymphatic massage is gentle enough to feel comforting. And it can ease pain.
Hailey Canerday (Pulaski, TN) on Oct 1, 2012
Migraines and regular headaches can be alleviated by frequent massage therapy treatments. The key is to work out tension in the back, which is usually the root of the headaches. I suggest deep tissue in the rhomboids, traps, lev scap, and the many muscles of the neck and scalp. Working out the tension and the toxins in these areas will greatly improve mobility and help restore correct blood flow through these areas, bringing relief from chronic migraines and headaches. Acupuncture is also effective, as well as putting a cold pack on the back of the neck while heat is applied to the feet during the massage. Fibromyalgia is also greatly relieved by massage. The severity of your pain will determine the type of massage modality utilized. For those who cannot stand much physical touch, reflexology on the feet works wonders. For those whose pain is moderate, a light touch massage, such as Swedish, will provide stress relief and increased blood flow. Increased blood flow to the damaged nerves will help them rebuild. I hope this helps.
Gary Watson (Glendale, AZ) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage would be good for anyone experiencing pain or headaches. There are different techniques and modalities that a massage therapist could use to help you feel better.
Surjani Tarjoto (Beaverton, OR) on Oct 1, 2012
Some of the conditions that can be helped by lymphatic drainage massage include arthritis, cellulite, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia, post-breast-cancer lymphedema, sinus problems, sluggishness, congested lungs, wrinkles, vertigo, edema, toxin accumulation, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, lymphedema, kidney problem, premenstrual syndrome, skin disorders, polyps and stress. Your lymphatic system is your primary defense against viruses, fungus, and bacteria. What lymphatic drainage massage does is to move fluid through your body tissues, removing waste materials and infectious microorganisms, by pushing the fluid through lymph nodes.
Nancy Web (Pawtucket, RI) on Oct 1, 2012
Both fibromyalgia and migraine symptoms can greatly increase with stress. I have worked with many clients with these issues with good success. First, the root cause of the migraines must be determined. Migraines can be triggered by food allergies, change in weather and barometer, mental and emotional stress, compression in the cranial bones or muscular tension in the head, neck and shoulders. Every situation is treated in a different way. My approach is to do a full intake and assessment and make up an individual treatment protocol. The treatment may include a combination of craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure and massage. I would also add gentle rocking and myofascial release to address the fibromyalgia. The appropriate tips, techniques and stretches would be taught for maintenance between sessions. For example, you can take two tennis balls, put them in a sock so they don't roll and place them under the ridge of the skull pressing into the neck muscles. This releases mental stress, drains excess energy out of the head and relaxes the neck muscles. This works for some migraine sufferers. A rocking motion soothes the aches of fibromyalgia, so try a rocking chair or hammock.
Canney Yang (New Hyde Park, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
Scalp massage and pressure point therapy can help migraines. Full body massage releases stress.
Mary McKennan (Caldwell, ID) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage Therapy can be quite successful in calming the pain and suffering from both fibromyalgia and migraine headaches. It can be one of the many pieces in a "Personal Wellness Program" for sufferers. Below is a site that is full of very practical suggestions as well as personal experiences with this very subject. If choosing to include massage in your personal health program, be prepared to communicate fully with your therapist. Let them know if something hurts or feels good. All of this can help immensely in guiding the therapist to treat you in the most appropriate and comfortable way through each session. http://chronicfatigue.about.com/b/2011/08/22/headachemigraine-in-fibromyalgia-chronic-fatigue-syndrome.htm
Sherry Glover (Austin, TX) on Oct 1, 2012
Stress can exacerbate the frequency of migraines. Relaxing the muscles in the neck, shoulders and head can alleviate the tension associated with a migraine and can, in most cases, alleviate the migraine. I have worked for years with clients with fibromyalgia. Fibro responds very well to massage. Regular massage can assist in relieving the contraction and tension in the muscles relieving the aches and restriction of fibro. Frequency of massage would be dictated by lifestyle and severity and active status of fibro. I would be glad to talk to you personally about your needs and my approach and my plan for massage to address your specific body requirements.
Patrick Mann (Punta Gorda, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Anything that relieves stress and promotes vasodilation of the cardiovascular system will help in pain management. Energy work like Reiki can help cases of acute fibromyalgia. I have found reflexology can be of assistance in the relief of both conditions.
Erica Johnson (Philadelphia, PA) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage would be great for fibromyalgia and migraine headaches. Here's why, When muscles are tight, it's very difficult for blood to enter them. They also press against the nerves in our body, which can cause pain. When the body is in a relaxed state, your heart rate and breathing slows, blood pressure goes down, and your muscles are relaxed. When a massage is administered, your muscles are manipulated (stretched and pulled ) to increase blood flow (basically your muscles get a nice drink). Now the muscles are relaxed, which reduces the tension on the nerves. I hope this helps.
Magali Boehlen (New York, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
Fibromyalgia and migraines can be exacerbated by excessive stress on the nervous system, so yes, massage can greatly reduce stress levels while increasing the circulation of blood within the body tissue.
Abi'l-Khayr (Albany, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
I offer a style of work which I call Myofascial Bodywork, essentially the style taught by John Barnes under the name myofascial release. It can be very helpful as a treatment modality for both migraines and fibromyalgia. Each client is unique and will have his or her own combination of tension patterns, imbalances and compensations in the body -- so the exact sequence of techniques used will vary case to case. Also, patterns that have been held in the tissue for a long time, or complex patterns that overlap, will probably require more than one or two sessions to unravel. In my experience working with clients, a positive shift often occurs within the first or second session. This frequently encourages the client to pursue myofascial work over a longer stretch with hopes of steadily decreasing the symptoms of fibro and/or the occurrence of migraines.
Julie LaFrano (Breckenridge, CO) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes. That is what we are here for. But just going to any massage therapist is not going to help in the long run. You need to find a specialist. Yes, it may cost more, but what is your body worth to you? It is no fun being in constant pain and having to go to the doctor or taking pricey pills with side effects. Like you said, you do not want to do that anymore. Pay the money for a specialist. Ask around, Google it, do your research. And be open to different types of therapies. Our bodies are a map and it can take all sorts of avenues to find the right direction.
MaryAnn Sumaraga (Modesto, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Foods that trigger headaches: Caffeine, chocolate,cheese, yogart and ice cream. nuts, Processed cured and aged meats. Alcoholic drinks, especially red wine. MSG, Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes) and pineapples and their juices. Aspartame (NutraSweet) Cures: Try ginger. It controls inflammatory responses, and operates much like an aspirin. Try eating uncooked fresh ginger root regularly as part of your diet. Migraines will decrease. Try avoiding the foods listed above for one month. Lifestyle changes that can ease fibromyalgia: physical therapy, including massage, myofasical release, nutritional counseling, craniosacral therapy, mild electrical stimulation, application of heat or cold, ultrasound, acupuncture, baths in Epsom salts, posture and movement training and chiropractic treatments. Exercises that can help: yoga, tai chi, Pilates. Swimming in a heated pool. Some helpful supplements: -Vitamin C 2-3 times a week for 4-24 weeks may be helpful. 2000-4000 mg daily -Melatonin for sleeping disorders -SAMe to alleviate depression 400-1600 mg daily -Malic acid to help with muscle aches. Three 350 mg capsules daily -Blood testing is highly recommended to establish baseline serum levels and to eliminate the possibility of hormone-related cancers. -MSM, which reduces pain and inflammation. 1000-3000 mg daily. -Vitamin B-6 -Vitamin B-12 -L-theanine to promote relaxation. 100-400 mg daily Hope this helps you some!
Lisa Foster (San Diego, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Dear migraine sufferer, It has been medically proven that massage can be used to specifically address migraines. There are about 14 different types of migraines that I know of, based on the work of John C. Fleming, O.D. Certain kinds of massage techniques are used in conjunction with cold stone therapy to alleviate the migraine symptoms. Massage is now recommended by the medical community for fibromyalgia. It is always good to consult with your physician to make sure that massage is appropriate for you. I hope this helps.
Diane Palma (Oak Park, IL) on Oct 1, 2012
Sometimes massage can be painful for a person suffering from fibromyalgia. It all depends on the person. I specialize in treating migraine headaches and fibromyalgia using reflexology on the feet, a method that is well tolerated for someone in your situation. Reflexology works through the central nervous system, while massage working through the muscular system. You can reset the nervous system with reflexology. It helps immensely with pain and starts a healing process in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing and feels great. Treatment involves an initial series of 8-10 sessions, and then a maintenance session once a month.
Gil Rutherford (Novato, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
For fibro, get a light massage for stress relief/relaxation. No deep massage which may trigger flare-ups. Migraines can be reduced with trigger point therapy to the jaw, neck and occiput areas. Craniosacral therapy to free and realign the bone plates of the skull may help reduce and lighten pain
Pamela Allen (Sacramento, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, massage helps remove the toxins in the body.
Bette Eastman (Plant City, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
I offer you my deepest empathy. I understand fibromyalgia feels like a migraine all over your body at times. The good news is that Swedish massage is very beneficial in temporarily* relieving fibromyalgia symptoms. Gentle cross-fiber friction over the muscles seems to be very beneficial, as does stretching and effleurage, warm moist heat in the lumbar area, and trigger point work on tender points. Most importantly, the massage should be tailored to how you are feeling at the time of treatment, because your symptoms most likely vary daily. *Massage is cumulative and you would derive the most benefit from receiving a massage weekly from a therapist who understands your special situation.
Bette Eastman (Plant City, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
I offer you my deepest empathy. I understand fibromyalgia feels like a migraine all over your body at times. The good news is that Swedish massage is very beneficial in temporarily* relieving fibromyalgia symptoms. Gentle cross-fiber friction over the muscles seems to be very beneficial, as does stretching and effleurage, warm moist heat in the lumbar area, and trigger point work on tender points. Most importantly, the massage should be tailored to how you are feeling at the time of treatment, because your symptoms most likely vary daily. *Massage is cumulative and you would derive the most benefit from receiving a massage weekly from a therapist who understands your special situation.
Dacia Rollins (Haleiwa, HI) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage is great for both fibromyalgia and migraines.
Carol Stuhmer (Miami, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
For most of the people I've treated with fibromyalgia, craniosacral therapy has offered the greatest benefit. Ditto for people with migraines. I've treated clients who didn't think they could ever be migraine-free. You can start to get relief in a few sessions. There's no quick fix, but with regular treatment, over time you can significantly reduce or even eliminate migraines. Results with CST are cumulative. so be prepared to make a commitment to follow through with the therapy, as the payoff is worth it. After you are free from the debilitating headaches, don't make the mistake that you're cured forever, Occasional "tuneups" will aid in assuring that you stay migraine-free. If your migraines have hormonal triggers, I suggest you see a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (my first choice) or another physician for additional assistance. Also explore changes that may be made to your diet. Cut the things in your diet that can be triggers for migraines. There's no quick fix, combined therapies may work best. CST can be a large part of this mix.
Pamela Fields (Warner Robins, GA) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, massage is very good for migraines. Migraines come from tension in the muscles around your neck, shoulders and upper back. When these muscles are stressed and tense they tend to pull one another in opposite directions and work against each other. This decreases blood supply and increases tension and pain. Massage relieves this tension and stress.
Melissa Detorrice-Wynne (Phoenix, AZ) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, when you can help reduce the inflammation in the body, the pain will subside. Massage is not a quick fix by any means, but if combined with lifestyle changes, clients will soon feel better.
Sandra Stone (Pompano Beach, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
A gentle approach would work best, supported with hydrotherapy to lower the temperature in the cranial area.
Peggy Richards (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 1, 2012
I believe soothing massage is a good treatment for fibromyalgia. When I started treating my first patients with fibromyalgia, they could not take any pressure at all. And now I have some clients that insist on receiving a firm touch. This would be your call, as you know your body's reaction better than anyone. When it comes to migraines, if you have already addressed any hormonal or emotional issues, I would suggest trying massage that works gently in the cranial area, shoulders, neck, back and feet to reduce tension.
Fred Feldman (Jacksonville, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Absolutely. Massage is the most recommended holistic modality for fibromyalgia. I know from experience with many patients that it really helps reduce symptoms for a period of time.
Tony Ruggiero (Greenville, SC) on Oct 1, 2012
I can attest to the efficacy of massage in casesof fibromyalgia. I have several clients that have benefited from targeted massage techniques for fibro clients. Continued massage therapy will have a positive effect on the pain from the fibromyalgia, but make sure you visit a therapist who is knowledgeable in how to treat this illness. As for migraines I do believe the reduction of stress will have a positive effect in the relief of these headaches. Relaxation massage and general mind-body therapy would help tremendously. With a 30 year history of this problem, you will not see relief immediately, but relief is available. Education on relaxation techniques and home activities to continue the healing process at home is vitally important to resolving this long-standing problem.
Larry Joyner (Rocky Hill, CT) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage will definitely help reduce the pain. Also try BioMat Therapy, infrared rays through amethyst crystals that help reduce pain.
Sheryl Hodges (Auburn, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
I hope you have visited you primary care doctor for your ailments. But yes, massage would be beneficial for your fibromyalgia. The migraines need to be evaluated by your doctor before I can really say if gentle facial and cranial massage could benefit you. I hope that you are feeling better. Take care.
Mary Hall (Aurora, CO) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage is a great treatment for both headaches and fibro. Massage works both to manually loosen the muscles and reduce the stress that can lead to the muscles being tighter. Get a massage that focuses on the shoulders and neck and the occipital area in particular. A therapist with craniosacral experience would be a plus. Massage can help ease the pain related to the fibromyalgia trigger points by manually loosening the muscles and also desensitizing the skin. It helps with circulation and the "brain fog" associated with fibro. Deep relaxation helps with sleep, another issue with fibro.
Gina Moore (Pleasanton, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage is excellent for addressing symptoms due to stress. Craniosacral therapy is excellent, in particular, for addressing migraine headaches. For fibromyalgia, these two therapies are also excellent as long as the therapist you select is careful to check in with you throughout your treatment regarding the pressure and comfort level in each area of the body as it is being worked. I would suggest you check out Craniosacral Therapy first-- here is a web page explaining a bit more about it http://upledger.com/content.asp?id=26. I can work with you, if you so desire.
Carol Hayes (West Dundee, IL) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage would be excellent for migraines and fibromyalgia. I have had some good results with both conditions. I also mix in some acupressure for the migraines. The more massages you receive, the longer your body stays in a relaxed state, which reduces pain. It's like you are training it to be relaxed.
Hubert Holtzclaw (Dorchester Center, MA) on Oct 1, 2012
I suffered also from severe migraines early in my life but as I got older they tapered off. I have had clients that have contended with both the issues you have, and cranial massage helped with the headaches/migraines, while deep tissue massage helped with fibromyalgia. Do you know whether you clinch or grind your teeth at night ? Are your jaw muscles tight or sore in the morning. I sure that I can assist you. Please contact me for a face to face consult and appointment.
Paula Irwin (Del Mar, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
I too had migraines from age 18 to 30. The beginning of the end of my migraines came during massage school. I created my own treatment. In the last week, two of my customers who have lived with chronic migraines for years told me they had been free of migraine pain since working with me. Fibromyalgia is also improved through body work. This condition is caused by injuries over time to the fascia, the connective tissue between the skin and muscle. It works like a girdle, holding everything together. When the fascia is restricted it causes pain that radiates through the body. A possible treatment plan would be to begin with lymphatic massage to clean the lymph system, then move to trigger point and myofacial release. I had a client who would walk in on two canes. After the treatment, she would walk out with the canes hung over her arm. I have seen this work do wonders. You do not have to live in pain. I look forward to working with you. Please give me a call so we can begin your road to recovery.
Mark Lohmann (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Most definitely. We have great success in both these areas with massage and active isolated stretching. Sometimes fibromyalgia tough, as even massage hurts, but with the right therapist, you can find relief.
Kelly Wood (Rockford, IL) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage has been used to relieve pain and stress, so if stress is causing migraines and triggering pain from fibromyalgia, massage can help. Cold Stone Therapy, developed by Kelly Lott, has been shown to relieve pain, light sensitivity, and nausea caused by migraines as well. You can find practitioners in your area on Kelly Lott Productions website (in the Rockford, Illinois area, there are more than one, and a few of us, myself included, who are not yet listed on the website).
Faith Sevilla-Bingemer (Apex, NC) on Oct 1, 2012
You may want to try inter oral massage because research has shown that migraine headaches can result from tension held in the jaw. There are some deep muscles with in the mouth that can be worked that may help to alleviate some of the pain. Fibromyalgia is a little more complex. Have you had massage for fibro before? If so, how strong were the massages? Did these massages aggravate your fibromyalgia symptoms? If massage aggravated the symptoms, then we would start with light pressure, increasing pressure over time based on your tolerance. If a massage aggravates your symptoms then it's too vigorous. Know your triggers for fibromyalgia symptoms. Once you've increased your pressure tolerance, see if these stronger massages help with the fibromyalgia symptoms. Look for an overall lessening of pain and increased ability to do activities. When you get to that point, maintaining an active lifestyle and continuing to get massage will help sustain the benefits.
Danica Carlson (Berkeley, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
While those with fibromyalgia (myself included) may sometimes feel like they need a really deep massage, this can be counterproductive. In my opinion the best solution for both your headaches and your body aches is a deeply relaxing massage mixed with Reiki and craniosacral work. This will relax the body and provide the opportunity for healing. Craniosacral therapy is particularly effective for chronic migraines. Thank you for your question, I hope my answers will provide you with what you were looking for.
Kate Peck (West Newton, MA) on Oct 1, 2012
Both massage and craniosacral therapy are very good for fibromyalgia and migraine headaches. Look for someone who has experience working with fibromyalgia. Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle healing modality that works with the membranes that surround your brain & spinal cord. It directly targets the tension that may be causing your migraine headaches.
Demetri Travlos (New York, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
If your migraines stem from your neck muscles pulling down on your occipital protuberance (that is, the back of your skull) or from general stress, massage may help you over time. The same is true for fibromyalgia. Massage will not be easy to tolerate at first and you should work with a patient therapist. But over time, and with a few sessions, your pain should begin to subside.
Micah Mays (Norman, OK) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage is fantastic for headaches and for fibromyalgia. Other aspects that work well for that is aromatherapy. The use of essential oils has proven to be a wonderful source of pain reduction for my clients as well.
Rob Hundley (Broomfield, CO) on Oct 1, 2012
The short answer is yes. The more detailed answer depends on the therapist and your goals. One thing we have learned about fibromyalgia and migraines is that every session is different. If either is flaring up, than it is best to have a goal of relaxation. If you are having a better day than myofascial release can be very helpful for fibromyalgia and migraines. I have seen good results with both so I know it can be done.
Stacy Williams (Jacksonville, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
I have worked on clients with migraines and fibromyalgia and each time before the clients departed, they felt better and relief from pain. The benefits of massage 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 I did a little research on this subject for you to explain it better. There was a 1996 study done and 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. The Swedish massage technique is designed to increase the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the muscles. This helps to flush out toxins and improve the flexibility and health of your muscles. However, Swedish massage also makes use of kneading and tapping techniques, and uses vibration to benefit the body. Deep-tissue massage targets the deep layers of your muscles and tendons, helping to release tension and chronic muscle pain. The deeper strokes may feel a little pain immediately following your treatment. However, this pain should disappear within a day or so. Myofascial release techniques help to relieve stiffness and tightness in your bodyÃ'¢''s fascia, caused by myofascial pain. The fascia is a thin layer of tissue that covers all of your muscles and organs. In fibromyalgia, sometimes 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. So all you must do is find a GOOD massage therapist.
Julie Deramo (Bellevue, WA) on Oct 1, 2012
CranioSacral Therapy may be the best treatment for both migraines and fibromyalgia. CranioSacral Therapy is effective by finding how the body is moving in relation to itself, and gently working within the dynamics of the body to release restrictions. These restrictions entail not only what tissues are stuck to bone, but tissues that are stuck to each other. There are other massage treatments that can help, but it is important to communicate with your therapist your current condition, and definitely speak up quickly if you feel the treatment is too much. You are in control and can ask the therapist to stop at any time. Fibromyalgia is a very real disease, and not all therapists will understand how much the body must be listened to in this treatment. Along with CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release is also very effective. It entails noticing what the body is holding on to, and giving it space to release it. When it comes to the increase of stress contributing to your symptoms, look to mind/body modalities also such as Qigong and Hatha Yoga on healthy days. Fibromyalgia can be difficult though... if even on days and hours when you have better pain free movement your body is hit hard by movement therapies, then look more for meditation modalities where using the body is not a good option.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Oct 1, 2012
most definately it will help. it helps relieve the uncomfort of the muscles and chemical reactions within the nervous system by helping the blood flow to the muscles. as for the headaches their have been several people that i have worked on that suffer from migraines and they have told me that the work and stretches that i have done really worked for them so much that they didn't have a problem for weeks if not mths. these clients had migraines regularly at least 2 weekly. they said that they have been able to get a good night's sleep as well.
Herb Gleason (Pompano Beach, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Absolutely,a lot of times your pain comes from tight muscles,especially the headaches,I am not a doctor but have seen the evidence myself being a therapist I see a lot of clients with headaches and body aches,my daughter has Fibromyalgia and confirms it helps her get through the day but for Fibromyalgia it must be slow and gentle to get positive effects in my experience
David Falknor (Franklin, TN) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage is a wonderful method of pain relief for migraines. As for fibromyalgia, ensure that the therapist is familiar in treating it.
Tracy Bloom (Fairfield, CT) on Oct 1, 2012
In my experience, it can help.
Jade McDonald (Wyckoff, NJ) on Oct 1, 2012
I have clients with these two issues. I perform full face and head massage and a repositioning exercise for migraines and have had very good results. For fibromyalgia, I have done both "muscle stripping' and a lighter myofascial technique with very good results. Of course, everyone is different, so I pay attention to what each client can tolerate.
Alicia Bunting (Phoenix, AZ) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, massage and energy work can help keep both conditions under control. We store our tension within our muscles, so having someone release that tension through massage and energy work helps tremendously. I highly recommend bodywork.
Roger Bailey (Gatlinburg, TN) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, to both of your questions. Massage is excellent for migraine headaches. I have had several fibromyalgia clients and all have enjoyed relief for several days after a treatment. When seeking a massage therapist, look for someone who specializes in therapeutic massage.
Jerry Foster (Saint Louis, MO) on Oct 1, 2012
I have a sister who has fibromyalgia and she says massage provides her great pain relief Communication between the therapist and the client is key. You have to be willing to let the therapist know what feels good and what feels uncomfortable. Some days I can work deeply on my sister and sometimes she can only take lighter, more superficial work. A good massage can do wonders and it should never hurt! Reiki is also good for both fibromyalgia and migraines.
Kennette Klees (Houston, TX) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage is excellent, but do not have one during a flare-up. Migraines can be relieved through Reiki, craniosacral massage and Indian Head Massage. No deep tissue!
Heather Topoly (Akron, OH) on Mar 9, 2013
Yes, massage is excellent for fibro. May have tk start out with light massage depending on your tolerance of touch that day. Helps relieve the pain associated with fibro. Also good for migraines as long as your doctor has ruled out and major medical conditions causing your headaches. Helps relieve tension in neck and shoulders.
Drew Gulsrud (Ventura, CA) on Jan 23, 2013
Massage can be extremely beneficial for both of those issues. It can greatly reduce Fibromyalgia pain if you find a therapist that can work well with you and be a gentle, intuitive, good listener. It of course decreases tension, but also improves range of motion and stimulates your body to increase production of it's natural painkillers. It can also greatly alleviate, and sometimes completely eliminate migraines. Just the stress reduction and relaxation alone can be of great help, but someone with strong hands and a good knowlege of the specific muscle groups of the head, neck, and shoulders can give you some serious relief. Drew Gulsrud, LMT drew.lmt@gmail.com 888-274-8886
Nicole Neely (Beltsville, MD) on Jan 10, 2013
Yes you need Myofascial Release!!! Myofascial Release is a safe and effective hands-on technique that can eliminate pain and restore motion. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles, blood vessels and nerves. It connects all of these parts of the body and binds them together like plastic wrap. Fascia can become restricted due to stress, trauma, inflamation or disease and this can lead to pain, muscle tension and loss of motion. These restrictions create a "straight-jacket" of pressure that won't show up on tests like x-rays or CAT scans. Myofascial Release involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to elongate the fascia and relieve pressure. I use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. Outside of the one-on-one sessions, you can build strength and improve flexibility further with self treatment and postural and movement awareness. Traditional physical, occupational and massage therapy treats the symptoms caused by the restrictions, but does nothing about the “straightjacket” of pressure that causes and perpetuates the symptoms. This is why so many people only have temporary results never seeming to get better with traditional therapy. Only Myofascial Release treats the entire Myofascial mind/body complex eliminating the pressure of the restricted Myofascial system that causes the symptoms. Myofascial Release will safely and gently release the entire Myofascial complex for lasting and comprehensive results and authentic healing.
Vladimir Batista (Miami Beach, FL) on Jan 7, 2013
Of course the massage is good for everything that you can imagine but still has its limited and contraindications.
Herman Crespo (Miami, FL) on Dec 23, 2012
yeah, massage will help with the migraine as long as you are not feeling nausea or you are sensitive to the light. massage its recomended for fibromyalgia. as for the stress, i would advise meditation or essential oil like lavender or ylang ylang, if you want to know more about essential oil send me an email to herman-85@hotmail.com. Herman Crespo LMT and Ayurvrda advisor
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Dec 11, 2012
Can massage help? Yes! Massage on the head and neck, and especially the suboccipital muscles under the back of the skull, can be very helpful in controlling migraines. Fibromyalgia can respond to massage also, but may take more time. Make sure your therapist is gentle when you are in more pain, but ask for firmer pressure when you can handle it (that is, it causes a mild ache that you can relax into, and no more pain than that). Getting massages in the evening or late afternoon can also help with insomnia, which is one important part of the vicious circle of fibromyalgia. I wish you luck in your search for relief!
Krystina Morris (Louisville, GA) on Dec 10, 2012
Regular massage will help with both issues. Often, fybromyalgia is a side effect of having a low magnesium level. Often adding a supplement, in addition to weekly or bi weekly massage will greatly help you.
Adele Newlin (New York, NY) on Dec 8, 2012
Massage can be good for fibromyalgia due to possibility of breaking the pain cycle of your fibromyalgia pain and also reduces stress.
Kristin Collier (Thornton, CO) on Nov 23, 2012
Fibromyalgia is difficult to work with but can be treated with light massage. Migraines are a big issue for many people but with cranial sacral therapy I would be able to help with migraines and fibromyalgia since this is a very light touch therapy. It would be good to let the massage therapist know if you are in a flair up or in remission and the therapist can treat as needed and change the duration of the massage to benefit your body.
Safiyah Walcott (Atlanta, GA) on Nov 20, 2012
Although migraine headaches are believed to be chemical imbalances in one's body, the person suffering from this condition must know the difference between acute stress levels that cause these headaches and and actual migraine. In most cases the person who claims this condition only has severe muscle tension in the upper traps, scalenes, immobility of the neck, and improper postural habits. Many office workers sit for 40+ hours a week and develop FORWARD HEAD POSTURE which can cause repetitive and severe headaches and stiffness in the upper body. The answer: Massage and proper posture.
Felix Williams (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Nov 15, 2012
When dealing with migraines they can be very tricky since migraines are chronic they will always come back again and again. What massage can do for migraines is make them less intense the more sessions you do. Most clients I have work on not all but at least 80% of them who have migraines have tension in the shoulders and neck areas. Those areas when getting a massage should be focus on and I cant stress this enough to drink plenty of water keeping the body hydrated allowes your body the which is the ultimate healing vessel to operate at a higher level which helps along with massage to trigger less migranes. Now as for fibromyalgia a gentle theraputic massage helps because massage helps to bring the body back to homostasis (a normal state) when that happens the body relaxes and most of the time sleep occurs which is what your body needs to produce antibodies to help keep your body healthy. Now the Fibromyalgia could be a reason for the headaces so both should be address. I also suggest acupunture in conjunction with massage.
Justin Roberts (Jupiter, FL) on Nov 14, 2012
CranioSacral Therapy would alleviate both fibromyalgia and migraines by resetting the central nervous system and releasing cranial bones that may be the cause of the migraines. CST promotes the fascia to release from restricted positions from traumas and emotional blockages that occur.
Carrie Eckermann (Iowa City, IA) on Nov 12, 2012
Short answer: Yes! Longer answer: In my studies I learned that massage has no effect on Migraines, but I personally like to believe massage does have, even to the smallest degree, a positive effect on Migraines. As long as you are able to find the right massage therapist that you feel comfortable with and has the confidence and/or drive to help you with your fibromyalgia, I'm certain you will see an improvement! Good Luck!
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Nov 4, 2012
Hello. First of some migraines are caused by tension. Are yours? Since you said you are under a lot of stress and they have gotten worse I would say yes. MAssage of the scalene and the sub occipitals will certainly help with the migraines. As for FM it is a day to day thing. One day you feel great the next day you may not. So the amount of pressure used will be determined on your pain level that particular day
John Romano (Oakland Park, FL) on Nov 1, 2012
Fibromyalgia is 95% caused by an allergic reaction in the body's system where the body does not fully recognize all allergen as a potential allergen. The most common cause of Fibromyalgia is a mild allergy to soy, the next is pet dander. There are MPS protocols which work extremely well for Fibromyalgia and for migraines. For migraines, use an appropriate essential oil blend with the treatment
Saderia Cheatham (Mechanicsville, VA) on Oct 29, 2012
Yes, massage would be great for both. It will reduce your pain so you can sleep better and feel better.
George Ottlein (Boca Raton, FL) on Oct 29, 2012
There are several massage techniques that can help to control your migraines and fibromyalgia. Massage can work wonders for someone in your condition. If you live by me I know that I can help you feel alot better thru regular treatments.
Stephen Fortier (Pinellas And Pasco Countie, FL) on Oct 27, 2012
Absolutely! The Therapist needs to have expertise in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The work needs to start off softly, and layer in more deeply due to the sensitivity common to fibromyalgia patients.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 27, 2012
Acupressure can help with both pain syndromes in great ways. Restoring the energetic and blood flow to the area while being gentle in all ways. Thank you.
Karen Bronson (Bothell, WA) on Oct 24, 2012
Absolutely! You just need the right therapist that specializes in these areas. Please check out my website..NWmassagetherapy.com
Dionna John (Atlanta, GA) on Oct 21, 2012
Deep tissue would help your fibromyalgia. For your migraines, I would use both deep tissue and craniosacral therapy. Your trapezius muscle may be the main source of your pain because it is tense and pulling on the base of your skull (brainstem).
James Kennedy (, ) on Oct 20, 2012
Yes, massage works for migrains and fibromyalgia, The most likely cause for both of these is ones diet. too much preservatives in our diets. Cut out sugar, and dairy, and you will see a big difference in overall health. Massage works on all. Also hypnosis sessions. James
Alexander Zivian (Woodstock, NY) on Oct 20, 2012
Yes! I would recommend Polarity Therapy and Cranio-Sacral. These are both very gentle ways to ease pain and bring energetic balance and harmony.
Ellen A. Scurich (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Oct 18, 2012
Massage is the number one treatment for FM. I work on many FM patients & they report back as being the best sleep they ever have is after their massage.
Dana Rasmussen (Fort Collins, CO) on Oct 17, 2012
Regular massage is one of the best and most natural treatments for fibromyalgia symptoms. In general, the benefits of massage include: *Increased circulation of blood to muscles and tissues, which helps lead to more rapid muscle repair. *Increased flexibility and range of motion in joints. *Reduced pain and stiffness. *Relieves stress and decreases depression. *Improves sleep patterns. There are many massage and bodywork techniques that have proved beneficial for fibromyalgia pain and other related symptoms. Swedish massage can help you to relax fairly quickly and easily, because it helps the body to Deep tissue massage works help restructure and repattern the musculo-skeletal system through accessing deeper layers of muscles and tendons. Cranial Sacral Therapy can help to relieve migraines, which can sometimes be associated with fibromyalgia. Acupressure can help to harmonize the body systems and promote overall well-being. These are just a few of the many natural/holistic/alternative therapies that can be used in the treatment of fibromyalgia and migraine pain.
Robert Conroy (San Diego, CA) on Oct 17, 2012
Both of these symptoms - headaches, especially migrains and fibromyalgia, as well as constipation and varicose veins can be related to magnesium deficiency. How do I know this? I'm a Califiornia Certified Nutritionist Consultant besides a Certified Massage Therapist and Massage Therapy Instructor. With the SAD (Standard American Diet) magnesium deficiency is common and may also be associated with insulin resistance and diabetes. It is now estimated 70% of adult Americans are in pre-diabetes or diabetes. Wheat is the highest glycemic commonly eaten food, at a whopping almost half pound of wheat average per person, per day. Plus almost a half pound of sugar average per day as well. These both deplete magnesium.
Joseph McCoy (Muenster, TX) on Oct 15, 2012
I would do myoskeletal work focusing on the sub-occipital region. there are many causes and facets to headaches, and the pain could also be coming from neck and shoulder, but usually the clients find relief from releasing splenius capitis and cervicis, and freeing up the O/A joint. I extensively cover upper body with pressure to your comfort level, working Temporal region, Sinuses, Jaw, Sub-occipital, Sternocleidomastoid, Neck rotatores, Intertransversarii, Levator scapulae, and upper trpaezius.
Vernon Burgess (Colorado Springs, CO) on Oct 15, 2012
I know what you are going through. I too have fibromyalgia. My studies lead me to help myself & others to ease the pain and the chronic fatigue that comes with it. I can tell you what you can do and how I give my therapy when you book for the session and come in to see me. My abilities will help you in many ways.
Paul Simmons (Lotus, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
Take a multi-facteded approach to this. Yes, massage can help. Relieving stress and enhancing relaxation can defeinitely reduce the frequency and duration of migraines. . .and has been shown to be helpful with fibromyalgia as well.
Deneb Romero (South Gate, CA) on Oct 15, 2012
Yes ,massage is good for fibromyalgia and migraine.with migraine i do massage the shoulders down to the back and some on glutts (where the tense muscles hiding) then go up again to the back to the shoulders then neck to cranial.
Douglas Chu (Brooklyn, NY) on Oct 14, 2012
Yes, there is a massage protocol for treating migraines. It involves committing to the massage protocol once a week for six weeks in a row. Thereafter, depending upon how well your body reacts to the treatment, then the massage frequency can be slowly reduced to once a month as a maintenance to keep the migraines in check.
Lucy Shafner (Reno, NV) on Oct 14, 2012
There is an increasing amount of attention being paid to the positive results of alternative therapies, including massage, for many chronic conditions like migraine headaches and fibromyalgia. I have personally seen very good results in treating both at my clinic, and find that many patients respond positively after just a few sessions. It's important with any chronic condition that you find a practitioner who is trained and has thorough knowledge of your condition before beginning any massage therapy, as well as making sure you inform the therapist about all your health issues and concerns prior to the first session. You can find a list of therapists who have the training necessary to treat you by visiting www.amtamassage.org, or www.abmp.org and using the Find A Therapist tool on the home page of either organization. I wish you good luck and good health.
Theodore Schiff (Northampton, MA) on Oct 14, 2012
Massage Therapy is highly effective with both migraine headaches and fibromyalgia. That said, the depth and degree of pressure of massage with fibromyalgia differs greatly. It is highly recommended and extremely important that you work with a Massage Therapist that you feel comfortable with and one who is astute at feeling and assessing soft tissue in order to gauge the proper amount of pressure during massage. CranioSacral Therapy is also a highly recommended modality for dealing with migraine headaches. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Nic Scogna (Skippack, PA) on Oct 14, 2012
Yes Migraine Headaches have shown to be effectively treated with massage and certain exercises though with anything this is always specific to each client and what the Migraines may be caused from. Fibromyalgia is more tricky and will depend on each individual client's tolerance level though a light effleurage massage can generally be considered a useful type of massage for these clients.
Karen Orlosky (Lafayette, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
CranioSacral Therapy alone or in combination with Reiki may provide relief from both conditions. They are gentle, light touch techniques that work better with people who are very sensitive to touch.
Jason Markowitz (Tempe, AZ) on Oct 14, 2012
massage is fantastic for fibromyalgia and migraines headaches. with fibromyalgia you may be a bit sensitive to deep tissue massage, so look more into swedish massage or reiki. migraines are caused my dehydration, stress, low b vitamins in the body, and poor sleep habits. craniosacral therapy is the best treatment for it. the area's that need attention for migraines or the temples, the occipital ridge (behind the head, just above the neck) and the pressure point between the thumb and first finger. any questions feel free to ask. Jason markowitz: avime80@aol.com 973-580-7556. thank you
Chris McCarty (Tempe, AZ) on Oct 14, 2012
I believe that massage can greatly assist with your pain and stress! I think this would be a wonderful alternative for you to look into! There are many different modalities to try....I provide cranial sacral which is a non invasive modality utilizing light holds to assist balancing. Traditional massage techniques can help muscle relaxation and Lymphatic drainage can assist in lymph flow greatly detoxing the system! Depending upon your tolerance level and need any one or a Combonation of these techniques can help your pain and stress!
Cheri Baum (New York, NY) on Oct 14, 2012
absolutely, as would craniosacral therapy by a licensed CST or chiropractor. FYI, migraines can be associated with foods you are eating. Look up on the web what these foods are and try to avoid them for at least two weeks, and see if your migraines stop or are less frequent.
Robbin Phelps (Takoma Park, MD) on Oct 14, 2012
Bodywork can be very helpful for both migraines and fibromyalgia. I suggest finding someone who has experience with both of these conditions. The therapist needs to be very sensitive to your condition on any given day, as it will change from one session to the next. He/she needs to seek your feedback, and tailor his/her work to what you say at a given moment. You probably will want gentle work. These suggestions come from my work with these conditions. Good luck!
Jenny Sweeney (Tallahassee, FL) on Oct 12, 2012
Absolutely! Fibromyalgia, like any condition, should be treated on a case-by-case basis. Some clients prefer heavy pressure continually throughout a session, finding relief in the constant pressure. Contrarily, others find that a light Swedish massage helps provide relief from those chronic aches and pains you mention. Additionally, working the scalp, face, neck and shoulders loosens up any tightness in the upper body, which will help reduce migraine pain you are experiencing.
Keith Clark (Dallas, TX) on Oct 12, 2012
Massage is very beneficial to fibromyalgia and migraine headaches. The first thing that a therapist should do is to find out what "triggers" your fibromyalgia. From there, a plan can be developed to assist in relieving the pain and discomfort.
Dmitriy Greenberg (Louisville, KY) on Oct 12, 2012
Yes! I will help you eliminate cause of pain in one visit!
Kymberly Kula (Lakewood, CO) on Oct 11, 2012
yes. I have worked with many clients who have fibromyalgia, and they have told me therapy with me benefits them greatly. and I'm usually able to help with migraines/head aches with my massage techniques.
Dawn Lamonica (Hyde Park, MA) on Oct 10, 2012
I find regular massage to be very effective for migraines and fibromyalgia. Since both issues sound chronic for you, I would recommend a series of 6 treatments, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on your schedule and budget.
Laurie Alcock (Ellicott City, MD) on Oct 9, 2012
Massage can be a complimentary therapy that may aid in pain relief. From experience working with numerous clients, most do experience significant improvement. It is how one holds ourselves & walks in life. Holding onto stress & pain & not finding relief has a cumulative effect on the body. I would give massage therapy a try, try it for a few sessions & see if you notice any improvement. In health & wellness, Laurie Alcock,LMT
Michael Wolfes (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 7, 2012
most definitely!
Jennifer Labauve (, ) on Oct 6, 2012
Massage would be incredibly beneficial for both
YJ Word (Roswell, GA) on Oct 6, 2012
Yes massage on a regular basis would help with fibromyalgia and migraines. There are pressure points on the scalp that would almost eliminate migranes. With fibromyalgia because it is believe that this ailment starts with the immune system, massage therapy particularly swedish massage would be helpful.Because massage increases circulation to muscle tissue the body immunity rises. Scheldule with Yj.
Breanna Gieseker (Santa Rosa, CA) on Oct 7, 2012
Massage Therapy can be a wonderful alternative treatment for these conditions. My experience has been that there is no one magic bullet and it is crucial that you recieve the right kind of bodywork. Fibromyalgia and migraines respond well in my experience to more subtle forms of bodywork. For example Manual Lymphatic Drainage has been clincally shown to decrease the pain associated with both of these disorders. The other crucial piece to this puzzle is you will likely need to recieve regularly scheduled bodywork. If you wait till you are in crisis it is not likely that you will be able to make any headway. Your provider should be able to give you a suggested schedule for example weekly visits for a short period of time and then biweekly, etc until you are on a monthly schedule. As I said before there is no one answer and I would suggest you also look into some nutrition counseling to accompany whatever treatment option you decide upon.
Lisa Machala (Birmingham, MI) on Oct 5, 2012
We have two ways to help your pain without use of drugs. The BioMat is a very gentle non-invasive way of treating all kinds of pain - from fibromyalgia to migraine to arthritis. Biomat creates thermogenic healing. It feels like a heating pad but does much more for you than that. Using far infared technology, amethyst crystals and tourmaline, BioMat heats your body from the core out. Very effective for pain managment. CranioSacral Therapy is also an effective means of addressing migraine pain. We use very gentle light touch and follow the rhythm of the spinal fluid to help the body find its own relief. Often the sutures (the seams between the skulll bones) get bound up and cannot move normally. Pressure builds and sets in motion a number of compensation mechanisms that can result in headaches, TMJD and other cranial based dysfunction. Hope these answers give you some options that you think are attractive. We have knowledgeable staff here available to help you!
Jesse Freeman (Mansfield, TX) on Oct 4, 2012
I would recommend a 90 minute Swedish massage at least once a month followed by soaking in dr teals Epsom salts with eucalyptus and spearmint essential oil. The essential oils along with the Epsom salt naturally relax the body and also acts as a natural anti inflammatory. I would also recommend using arnica Montana gel which is flower based and is great for bruising and speeding up the bodies natural healing process.
Christopher Sturgill (Findlay, OH) on Oct 4, 2012
In order to get a handle on this issue, which is typically a life long issue. Deep tissue massage is most beneficial. For best results, it should be a three month program, in which to get ahead of the pain. A bi-weekly appointment in neccessary from then on, to maitain the pain.
Norma Segovia (San Antonio, TX) on Oct 3, 2012
Yes massage will help both conditions...massage will help the body relax and muscles will loosen and reduce the pain...of course reducing the stress is the one thing you need to start with, listening to relaxing music at bedtime before going to sleep with deep breathing will be part of your routine. Allow me to help you with reducing your pain.
Beth Rosentreter (Worth, IL) on Oct 3, 2012
A nice cranial sacral therapy would be a benefit for someone suffering from Migraines...
Anthony Lung (San Diego, CA) on Oct 3, 2012
My answer to your question is yes. It does help both fibromyalgia and migraine headaches. With Tui Na therapy (chinese therapeutic massage) will relax the muscles and help ease the pain.
Ronda McClellan (Concord, NC) on Oct 2, 2012
Hi! Massage would be good for both of these pain problems. Depending on your pain level a deeper massage could be used for the fibromyalgia, clients that I have seen before also liked a softer massage with some stretching. The headaches could be due to tmj or clenching of the jaw at night, tight neck muscles and/or posture which can be relieved with muscle release that increases blood flow for healing of the body. I use a hot towel with aromatherapy over the face when working on the front of the body to help rid your body and mind of the stress it is experiencing. I hope this helps, thank you for your question.
Kathleen Drebick (Woodbury, NJ) on Oct 2, 2012
In regards to massage for migraine headaches and fibromyalgia, YESSSSS!!! Massage would be very beneficial. I also recommend Peppermint and possibly Majoram and/or Lavender Aromatherapy for the migraines. Additionally, depending on the degree of pain/touch tolerance on any particular day, Reiki is a noninvasive, gentle modality that is effective for fibromyalgia and RSD patients.
Fred LoPiccolo (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Oct 2, 2012
A lot of pain to the head area could be generated from the neck. Massage can help release the tension. For fibromyalgia, deep tissue massage can help. You would need at least one per week for you to see a significant change. I have had good results with a client using that method
David Weschler (Edgewater, NJ) on Oct 1, 2012
Massage therapy can benefit clients with migraines. Treatment calls for gently massaging various muscles in the neck and head and specific acupressure points that offer relief. Massage therapy is indicated for fibromyalgia. In my practice I bring relief to clients with fibromyalgia using a variety of classical massage techniques. It is important to tailor each session to the particular individual and not to over treat a client who is very sensitive to pain distributed throughout the body and at specific tender points.
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
fibromyalgia is far as i know is a mystery can be trigeer by different reasons my suggestion for you to do because I don't know your background start by change your diet do some yoga to help you mind some exercising perhaps do something to relax your body and a massage and acupunture. good luck
John Campanelli (Summerfield, FL) on Oct 1, 2012
Massages are great for fibromyalgia and migraines. Also need to detox the body. Fibromyalgai is caused from digestive issue and over toxic colon and intenstings. Also need great probiotics to help give the body good enzimes to replenshish the destroyed enzines. Avoid Aspertame at all costs.