Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects over five million Americans. It is characterized by intense pain in the joints and muscles, chronic fatigue, and muscle cramps. It can lead to long term issues such as depression, insomnia, and migraines.
Massage therapy is an important part in relieving symptoms caused by fibromyalgia. When working with a client with fibromyalgia, I use a combination of various techniques of body work in order to remove tender points, ease muscle soreness, and increase relaxation.
Thai massage is gentle assisted stretching of the body. Stretching with the assistance of the body worker can help to gently relax the muscles. It’s also helpful in regaining range of motion and increasing fluid flow throughout the body.
Myofascial release uses deep, broad movements to relax the connective tissue attached to and surrounding the muscles. The slow speed allows the therapist to get deep into the muscles without the discomfort normally associated with deep tissue massage.
Cranial Sacral massage is a series of holds and strokes to put the body into a healing mindset and encourage full body relaxation. It can release tension and help with circulation. Releasing the muscles in the base of the skull helps to ease migraine symptoms and calm anxiety.
Using these modalities, we can ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia and increase the quality of life for those suffering from it.
Rob Jones is a certified massage therapist at Dragonfly 360.
Call (317) 344-9840 to schedule an appointment.