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

Myofascial Release Massages Away The Pain

February 7, 2010

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John James, LMT

Myofascial Release massage is a specialized massage therapy which lengthens your body’s muscles and connective tissue to relieve pain common in soft tissue disorders. You will leave your first myofascial release session more comfortable than you thought possible, more relaxed, and breathing more deeply than before.

Muscles and Fascia
To understand why myofascial release massage works so well you first need to know a bit about fascia, the thin white layer of tissue which covers every organ in your body. Each muscle group and every fiber of muscle tissue within it is covered with fascial tissue. As much as 40% of each muscle group, or myofascial unit, is composed of this tough, elastic tissue which which protects, organizes and lubricates the associated muscle.

For a massage therapist the myofascia’s function as a muscle lubricant  is most important. Normal myofascia enables muscle fibers to move easily within the muscle group, and enables the muscle group itself to move smoothly against other muscles and structures within the body.

Due to injury, repetitive overuse, habitual postures or even emotional states the normally smooth, slick and flexible myofascial tissue can shorten and become rigid, sticky and inelastic. It may lose its lubricant properties and act more like an adhesive – binding muscle fibers to each other. This causes pain, restricts range of muscle motion, may cause muscle spasms, and creates much of what we experience as generalized tension. The stress and imbalance in the muscle and fascia can radiate throughout the body causing pain and symptoms in locations you would not ordinarily expect.

Myofascial Release Aims
Myofascial release aims to restore the normal smooth functioning of the fascia associated with injured muscles, and, to stretch the fascia/muscle unit back to its proper length. Myofascial massage releases the tight, bound-up areas in your muscles gradually thus evening out the tightness of injured fascia.

Practitioners of myofascial release begin stretching your fascia guided by feedback from your body. Tight, short fascia feels very different to the touch than normally functioning tissue. Experienced myofascial release therapists locate the areas of tightness by lightly touching, they stretch a small area with minimal force – often using only two fingers – and then wait for the fascia to relax. Immediately upon its relaxing somewhat more effort is applied to increase the stretch. The process proceeds over the entire affected muscle until it is fully relaxed.

Note that the stretch, or myofascial release, is created by the therapist’s hands and not typically by the patient moving his muscles or limbs. The effect is not painful and most people find it very relaxing, increasingly so as the massage proceeds and more sore areas are treated.

Results of Myofascial Release
Often patients have become so desensitized by continued pain that they are unable to accurately say where they hurt. Not to worry! Guided by tactile feedback, a complete myofascial massage by an experienced myofascial massage therapist may range from the patient’s calves to their cranium – wherever the trail of abnormally tensed myofascia leads.

With treatment these sore myofascial trigger points will disappear leaving you pain-free, with an increased range of motion, and able to breathe more deeply. You can judge your own progress by relief from pain, and by your improved posture.

John James, L.M.T.

CranioSacral Therapy for Energy and Balance

February 6, 2010

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John James, LMT

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)  focuses on improving performance of the central nervous system by freeing the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid. Produced by the brain’s ventricles, cerebrospinal fluid cushions both your brain and spinal cord and pulses throughout your body.

Using very light touching the CranioSacral Therapist relaxes restrictions to cerebrospinal fluid flow caused by tension in the fascia that surround it, particularly the dura mater which surrounds your spine from cranium to sacrum. These restrictions, which can also be caused by damage to muscles or by constriction of your diaphragm, result in pain, muscular tension and other symptoms.

CST alleviates pain and tension from stress. It is a particularly effective treatment for days-long migraines, TMJ issues, sinus problems, and insomnia. CST effectively helps with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, back pain, sciatica and other conditions.

CranioSacral Massage Therapy’s very light “holds” by the therapist, and, the possibility that it may be performed with the patient fully clothed, make it a good choice for anyone unable to receive traditional bodywork. It may be indicated for those recovering from surgery, children, the elderly, or those who are injured.

Call me to discuss how CranioSacral Therapy might benefit you – 469 855-2049.

John James, LMT

Fibromyalgia Dallas: Massage for Pain Relief and Flexibility

January 16, 2010

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John James, LMT

Fibromyalgia massage therapy is now very popular with fibromyalgia patients. In a 2005 survey of over 2000 people with fibromyalgia, including Dallas Metroplex respondents, a significant majority said that they considered massage therapy as the treatment option of choice.

Our Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy Is Hands On

Fibromyalgia symptoms range from from “generalized achiness” to  trigger point sensitivity to completely debilitating pain over the entire body. Our fibromyalgia  massage therapy  manipulates your muscles and soft tissues in order to provide relief from pain, relieve stress, increase your flexibility and also provide you a peaceful, relaxing experience. Done with the hands, a variety of techniques from Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy and Reflexology are blended into a unique, pain-relieving experience.

Massage Gives Pain Relief

Massage therapy is one of the most beneficial treatments for fatigue and pain caused by fibromyalgia. A 1996 research study reported decreases of pain symptoms in 38% of patients after receiving just ten 30-minute sessions of massage therapy for fibromyalgia pain. It is clear from this study and others that significant pain relief is possible with a program of fibromyalgia massage. A significant improvement in their sleeping was also reported: fibromyalgia sufferers slept longer periods of time, and, they were less disturbed by a variety of sleep disorders, after fibromyalgia massage sessions.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Specific benefits of massage therapy for fibromyalgia reported by our patients include:

  • improved blood circulation in the muscles, facilitating muscle repair
  • enhanced flexibility
  • better range of motion
  • reduction of stress and incidence of depression
  • significant pain relief
  • reduced stiffness
  • better sleep patterns.

As part of our fibromyalgia massage sessions we provide Nutritional information and recommend specific techniques gleaned from over a decade of successfully facilitating Fibromyalgia support groups.

We would be happy to discuss your personal circumstance and fibromyalgia symptoms. Please call to find out how we may be able to help; there is no obligation:

John James, LMT
John James Massage Plano
469 855-2049

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Muscles and Fascia

To understand why myofascial release therapy works so well you first need to know a bit about fascia, the thin white layer of tissue which covers every organ in your body. Each muscle group and every fiber of muscle tissue within it is covered with fascial tissue. As much as 40% of each muscle group, or myofascial unit... Read more > > >


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