Fibromyalgia Massage: Pain Relief Without Pills

September 16, 2010

If you suffer from fibromyalgia as I do, no doubt you are constantly looking for new ways to treat your symptoms.  The pain and aches you experience on a daily basis are as discouraging as they are debilitating.  Fibromyalgia massage has proven to help fibromyalgia patients in a variety of ways, and is becoming increasingly recognized as a valid treatment among medical professionals.

What is Fibromyalgia Massage?

For many of us who suffer from fibromyalgia, visiting an inexperienced massage therapist can make us question the value of massage therapy – or even leave us worse off than before.  A treatment with a therapist with extensive experience in fibromyalgia massage can make all the difference in the world.

Although it may appear to be a new treatment, massage therapy dates back thousands of years.  Hippocrates actually defined medicine as “the art of rubbing.”  John James takes this “art” very seriously and has dedicated himself to helping his patients find the relief they so desperately seek.

Fibromyalgia massage is a hands-on treatment that utilizes key techniques to draw negative energy away from the face and head, relieve tender trigger points, loosen fascia (the tissue that covers your muscles), and improve circulation – all important elements of treating fibromyalgia.  John James, who has eighteen years experience leading fibromyalgia support groups, understands fibromyalgia and its impact on the body. John has the knowledge and compassion necessary to treat you professionally – and successfully.

The Benefits of Fibromyalgia Massage

Although researchers are not certain exactly how massage therapy reduces pain, they do know that it does.  One theory suggests that massage boosts the body’s production of natural pain-blockers, such as endorphins and serotonin.  These “feel-good” hormones counteract pain signals the brain sends to different parts of the body, which explains why so many patients report relief from their fibromyalgia pain.  However, this is only the beginning of the long list of benefits you’ll enjoy from your fibromyalgia massage.

John James’ patients also experience improved blood circulation – blood flowing more freely through congested knots of muscle.  You will enjoy increased flexibility and range of motion, as well as a reduction of stiffness in your joints.  Because fibromyalgia massage focuses on bringing energy away from the head and neck, you may experience fewer migraines – a frequent complaint among many fibromyalgia sufferers.  John James will use massage strokes that move down your body to encourage release of negative energy out through your feet, leaving you feeling lighter and refreshed.

Many patients also enjoy a better quality of sleep after having a treatment with John James.  Since a lack of refreshing sleep is one of the leading culprits of fibromyalgia flare-ups, this may be the best benefit of all.

Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that fibromyalgia massage has been a complete life-saver for me.  My fibromyalgia is always worse when I am under stress, and there is simply no better stress-reliever than a good massage from an experienced therapist who really, deeply understands fibromyalgia massage. I know you will find similar relief when you visit John James Massage Plano.

by Alaina M. Coyle, Freelance Writer

Reflexology: Addressing Pain and Putting Cancer Patients at Ease

May 18, 2010

Jack Bleeker
May 2010

With roots in ancient Egypt, China, and Japan, the art of reflexology is a healing and relaxation technique that has stood the test of time and is familiar to many today. Found on treatment menus in world-class spas and on the schedules of many hospital-based palliative care centers, reflexology is viewed by skeptics as just a foot massage, but those who have recognized the therapy’s benefits will loudly proclaim that it is much, much more.

For patients with cancer, such as those battling malignant mesothelioma, reflexology is said to have numerous benefits. Used as a complementary therapy along with conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, proponents of reflexology note that the treatment goes a long way in addressing such issues as pain, anxiety, nausea, and vomiting. Especially upon the mesothelioma prognosis, these individuals are in dire need of therapeutic relief from the side effects mentioned.

So how does a foot rub help eliminate the unpleasant effects of cancer? Simply put, reflexology involves applying pressure to and stretching the hands and feet in order to trigger responses in other parts of the body. Experts theorize that the pressure sends a calming message from the peripheral nervous system to the central nervous system, where it signals the body to adjust its tension level, therefore creating a feeling of overall relaxation, increasing blood supply, and bringing organs to an optimal level of functioning. Others say the success of reflexology relates to the “gate control” theory of pain relief, which theorizes that pain is a subjective experience created by an individual’s brain. The notion that factors like mood or stress can also affect the experience of pain enters into play here. Hence, reflexology can reduce pain by relieving stress and anxiety.

Though there is no steadfast scientific evidence that reflexology offers an cure for cancers like mesothelioma or any other disease, numerous studies have shown that this complementary therapy improves quality of life for many cancer patients, even if just for a short time, hence, its inclusion in many complementary and palliative care programs at cancer hospitals nationwide.

A 2000 study at the School of Nursing at East Carolina University, for example, involved 23 breast and lung cancer patients who noted “a significant decrease” in anxiety with the use of reflexology treatment. This, wrote the professionals that authored the study, “has important implications for nursing practice as both professionals and lay people can be taught reflexology.

“Reflexology is a simple technique for human touch which can be performed anywhere, requires no special equipment, is non-invasive and does not interfere with patients’ privacy,” the study continues.

Indeed, many medical professionals have suggested that caregivers for cancer patients take time to learn reflexology so that they can use it when necessary to help those for whom they are caring find relief from the pain and stress associated with the disease. Furthermore, noted study leader Dr. Nancy Stephenson, in the case of those caring for spouses or other family members, “the therapy provides a way for partners to get involved in their loved one’s care at a time when they may feel there is nothing they can do to help.”

Sources:
University of Minnesota, http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/reflexology/how-does-reflexology-work

American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_3X_Reflexology.asp

Dosing, Cancer, and Reflexology (Kunz), http://www.reflexology-research.com/dosing.html

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Laura Norman Wellness
Comprehensive Reflexology training
courses using unique
Reflexology techniques
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