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Fibromyalgia

May 12th has been designated as International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) since 1992. The CIND illnesses includes Fibromyalgia.

If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), you know just how frustrating the process is. For those that don’t know here is what people with this disorder have been facing:

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Widespread pain in shifting locations (difficulty to pin down). This pain can range from dull to deep ache to burning and tingling.
  • Tender points: Medical doctors have found nine predictable pairs of points distributed along the body. Trauma may cause additional tender points.
  • Stiffness after resting
  • Poor stamina
  • Sensitivity amplification and low pain tolerance; this includes cold, texture, and pressure and may include light and sound.

Diagnosis:

Here is the frustrating part: there is no diagnostic, definitive test for FMS. Fibromyalgia is typically diagnosed after ruling out all other diseases with similar symptoms.

This can be an expensive and frustrating process. The pain is real, but the doctors are not able to find it, or provide answers for it.

Fibromyalgia is not a progressive or life-threatening disease.

Treatment:

There really is no medical treatment for FMS. Managing the condition is the responsibility of individual. This is done with proper nutrition, sleep, exercise, stretching, and reducing emotional stress.

Massage Therapy:

Taking into consideration that this disease can have constant pain, uninterrupted body-wide ache, gentle massage is very appropriate for clients with FMS. Massage can be very relaxing for the client and can flush out some of the toxins that are causing the pain.

The University Of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institute, has conducted various studies regarding the benefits of massage therapy. In a study geared to fibromyalgia patients, it was concluded that massage therapy provided the following benefits: increased serotonin level, decreased stress hormones, decreased levels of substance P (a pain messenger), decreased tender point pain, improved sleep patterns, and improved overall sense of well-being. The principal investigators stated that massage therapy is a clinically significant complimentary treatment for fibromyalgia.

All of the massage therapists here at Salus, are knowledgeable and skilled to work with clients that struggle with Fibromyalgia. So if you or anyone you know is suffering, schedule an appointment or refer that person to us.

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