Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia – the Treatment You’ve Been Waiting For

September 27, 2010

When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, my doctor prescribed a number of pills to treat my symptoms.  Never once did he suggest I might try massage therapy, or any alternative treatments for that matter.  It was not until I did some research on my own that I discovered I had other options besides popping pills for my pain, fatigue, and other various ailments. Massage therapy for fibromyalgia was the treatment I had been waiting for.  A visit to John James just might make you feel the same way.

Defining Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Massage therapy utilizes a variety of techniques to alleviate stress and chronic pain in a person’s body.  By using his hands, elbows, and forearms; massage therapists like John James press, rub and knead the muscles and soft tissues of the body with moderate to deep pressure – relevant to each individual’s needs.  When you visit your therapist for the first time, he will speak with you at length about what areas of your body need special attention and what kinds of treatment he recommends.

John James has years of experience treating patients with massage therapy for fibromyalgia – he specializes in it.  He understands the effects fibro symptoms have on the sufferer’s body and knows how to counterbalance those symptoms.  Many medical doctors are undereducated when it comes to this complex condition and may not fully understand the best ways to treat it.  Be assured that John James does have the education and understanding necessary for treating fibro patients!

Benefits of Massage for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition with chronic widespread pain throughout the entire body.  Patients offer suffer from migraines, poor sleep or insomnia, extreme fatigue, joint stiffness, TMJ, and depression.  Massage therapy for fibromyalgia not only helps relieve acute pain but also alleviates many (if not all) of the other symptoms as well.

A study conducted at The University of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institute concluded that massage therapy provided increased serotonin levels, decreased circulating stress hormones, decreased levels of a pain messenger called Substance P, decreased tender point pain, improved sleep patterns and overall sense of well-being.  Researchers who conducted the study stated that “Massage therapy is a clinically significant complimentary treatment for fibromyalgia.

Massage therapy for fibromyalgia has been a critical treatment for many patients, myself included.  Therapy sessions reduce stress and anxiety which are major contributors to flare-ups.  A 68-year old fibro patient named Jane Wagner says “Massage therapy helps me feel less pain, and I sleep better on the days I get therapy.”  This illustrates another key benefit of massage therapy: improved quality of sleep.  When a person with fibro does not get sufficient restorative sleep, her health suffers considerably.  A regular routine of massage therapy for fibromyalgia is an essential way to beat this common ailment.

Fibro patients who visit John James enjoy many benefits including improved circulation, increased range of motion, reduced joint stiffness, increased flexibility, decreased states of depression, reduced stress levels, fewer migraines, and reduced pain.  If you have questions about massage therapy for fibromyalgia, visit John James or call him today.  This very well may be the  treatment you’ve been waiting for.

by Alaina Coyle, Freelance Writer

Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy Is Not A Luxury – It’s A Necessity

September 24, 2010

Millions of Americans suffer from the debilitating condition called fibromyalgia.  This complex syndrome is difficult to understand, difficult to diagnose, and often difficult to treat.  Fortunately there is an increasingly popular treatment that takes ‘difficult’ right out of the equation.  Fibromyalgia massage therapy is gaining popularity for good reason – because it works.  It provides relief often when no other treatments can.

Understanding Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy

There was a time when many people believed that massages were only for the rich or privileged.  In fact, it was not that long ago that I was scoffed at for receiving regular massage treatments.  When I mentioned to an acquaintance how I was benefiting from my fibromyalgia massage therapy, she said (with a sneer) “I wish I could afford the luxury of getting regular massages.”  I simply told her that I do not consider my treatments as a luxury; I regard them as a necessity.

Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy is a hands-on treatment utilizing a variety of techniques to relieve sore muscles, decrease joint stiffness, and alleviate a number of other fibromyalgia symptoms.  John James recognizes the impact this painful condition has on your body, and he is eager to help you.  He will listen to your concerns and work with you to find an appropriate treatment plan.  With years of experience, John understands each individual’s needs are different.  Your fibromyalgia massage therapy is tailored to meet your unique needs, ensuring you get the most out of your treatments.

Benefiting from Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy

Fibromyalgia massage therapy not only helps treat your pain, but it also treats the underlying problems that cause fibromyalgia flare-ups.  Research has proven that massage therapy improves quality of sleep and decreases stress – both huge contributing factors for controlling fibromyalgia symptoms.  In other words, you will have short-term benefits from your massage as well as long-term.

What are some of the other benefits you’ll enjoy?  Fibromyalgia massage therapy facilitates good circulation because the pressure of the massage moves blood through congested areas in your body.  When blood moves more freely, it brings oxygen-rich nutrients to your tissues; resulting in faster muscle repair.  Massage also flushes out lactic acid (a harmful toxin that causes pain), and improves the circulation of lymph fluid which carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and internal organs.  As a result, you’ll experience improved body function and lower blood pressure.

Many patients of John James also report fewer migraines, decreased feelings of tension and stress, as well as an increase in energy levels.  Why not visit John James to see for yourself?

by Alaina M. Coyle, Freelance Writer

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