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

Understanding Myofascial Release

September 18, 2010

Myofascial Release is a specialized hands-on treatment for relieving pain and tension throughout the body.  To understand how the treatment works, you need to know what fascia is and what myofascial means.

Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the organs of your body, including each muscle and the fiber within the muscle.  When you move, the fascia stretches along with your muscles, making up the myofascial unit.  When muscle fibers are injured or traumatized, the fascia surrounding the fibers becomes short and tight, transmitting pain and other unpleasant symptoms throughout your body.  Myofascial Release treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in the injured fascia.

Your Myofascial Release Treatment

Your massage therapist will find the areas of tension and tightness caused by the injured fascia and apply gentle sustained pressure.  This pressure allows the fascia to elongate, or stretch.  John James is experienced in this specialized technique and knows how much force to use and how long to stretch based on each individual’s needs.  Your feedback will aid John James to treat you properly.

Many patients are unable to pinpoint certain sore spots, but John James will not only be able to locate these “trigger points,” but decrease their size and sensitivity.  He will accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the right amount of sustained pressure to facilitate the release of the fascia.  Myofascial Release eliminates pain and restores motion, even if alternative treatments youíve tried in the past have failed.

Benefits of Myofascial Release

When trauma occurs – physical, mental, or emotional, people respond with a flight or fight freeze response.  Myofascial Release therapists believe than an unresolved freeze response is ìrecorded,î so to speak, in the myofascial tissues, and that full recovery is not possible unless this “record” of trauma is released.  Myofascial Release is the treatment that allows your body to release its hold on the trauma that is still causing you pain.

Inflammatory responses, surgical procedures, and injuries all create myofascial restrictions that are capable of producing pressures of an estimated 2,000 pounds per square inch.  John James works with you to find these restrictions and release the pressure off pain-sensitive tissues like your nerves and blood vessels.  You will enjoy increased mobility in your joints and a dramatic reduction of nerve and muscle pain.

Other benefits of Myofascial Release include:

  • Improved circulation and nutrition for your tissues
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Decreased fascial tension beneath scar tissue
  • Restoration of motion and functional movement
  • Reduction of migraines and TMJ symptoms

Myofascial Release is highly recommended for anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, neurological disorders, migraines or headaches, neck and back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, scoliosis and postural dysfunctions, and other chronic pain syndromes.

by Alaina M. Coyle, Freelance Writer

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