What is fibromyalgia? It is a disorder that causes pain through the whole-body including muscles, tendons, soft tissues, and joints. This complex syndrome not only has symptoms of widespread pain, but can also include depression, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety.
The autonomic nervous system in our bodies include the sympathetic nervous system which controls your “fight or flight” response, and your parasympathetic nervous system which oversees your “rest and digest” response. While these two nervous systems are quite oppositional, they actually function in unison to help your body be safe and healthy.
When the nerves that affect these two nervous systems become compromised and unbalanced, you might experience an overload of unnecessary responses that can lead to fatigue, anxiety, pain and decreased health. Treatments that help bring these two nervous systems back to their proper alignment can bring the most optimal relief from fibromyalgia symptoms.
Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia can greatly benefit from fibromyalgia massage, float therapy, and chiropractic care therapies which are all provided here at Utah Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
Why Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy?
Extreme sensitivity to touch is one of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia; so, one might think that a person with this type of pain may want to avoid massage therapy. However, the right amount of manipulation and pressure can really make a difference for tight tissues and painful muscles. Therapeutic kneading will revitalize blood and lymph flow, extend muscle fibers, and stimulate your body’s natural process for metabolic waste. In actuality, massage therapy is a cultivated and natural remedy for fibromyalgia.
The correct massage for fibromyalgia will function within the boundaries of your condition to disperse pockets of lymphatic fluid and enhance your physical well-being and quality of life.
Types of Fibromyalgia Massages
All of the therapies we provide in office help to calm the sympathetic nervous system while stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, except for rib area adjustments which are correlated with stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. Massages we have found that typically have the most healing benefits include:
- Myofascial Release (MFR). This massage has a focus on the connective tissue called fascia relieving the build up of pressure where the bones and tissue connect. Muscles are helped to lengthen and relax which results in more space for organs to expand.
- Swedish Techniques. This is a time-honored relaxation technique that gently manipulates strained muscles to bring relief to ongoing tension.
- Ashiatsu. This type involves slow, deep, broad pressure which helps to calm the sympathetic and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and therefore reduces pain.
- Lymphatic Massage. This is a gentle massage that helps in the natural draining of lymphatic fluid that circulates throughout the body’s lymph system. Lymphatic fluid carries waste elements away from tissue. This massage utilized rhythmic motions to allow the lymph fluid to move more freely.
- Neuromuscular Therapy. This technique uses soft-tissue manipulation to balance the musculoskeletal system and the central nervous system. It helps relieve pain and dysfunction.
Different body oils can be used during massage therapy that can also help with pain management. These oils include our custom proprietary blends: Take Me Away for muscle aches, Chill Me Out for an over stimulated nervous system, and Take out the Trash for lymphatic Stimulation.
Does Float Therapy Benefit Someone with Fibromyalgia?
Researchers have found that the benefits of float therapy are in alignment with the relief of fibromyalgia symptoms. It’s a perfect match for Therapeutic Massage & Chiropractic Care!
There has even been a link found between magnesium deficiency and fibromyalgia, making the Epsom salts in the float therapy water a great way to supplement the users’ levels of magnesium.
The wonderful effects of float therapy have been studied for several decades. The studies have shown these benefits:
- Stress relief
- Alleviation of anxiety and depression
- Relief of pain
- Increased better and more restful sleep
- Improving magnesium deficiency
Float therapy reduces or removes efferent (external) stimulation to the body, therefore allowing the pain signals to stop. This therapy stimulates the Enteric Nervous System (internal).
Can Chiropractic Care Help with Fibromyalgia pain?
Definitely yes. Traditional forms of treatment and medication for those who suffer from fibromyalgia are generally focused on relieving the symptoms of the pain. This does not result in long-term solutions. Gratefully, chiropractors have been learning how chiropractic adaptions affect fibromyalgia clients and the results are promising.
Our chiropractic care directly interacts with the autonomic nervous system and reduces the abundance and frequency of pain signals. Our chiropractic physicians also help patients with chemical imbalance which we find in blood lab reports.
Through studies it’s been discovered that individuals who utilize chiropractic care for their fibromyalgia experience more substantial benefits than individuals who do not. Included in these benefits were better sleep, less pain, improved mood, and reduction of complications and problems associated with fibromyalgia.
Treating fibromyalgia pain frequently involves multiple approaches and techniques. It may take some experimenting to find the perfect combination for your needs.
Check out our service package for fibromyalgia under our “Self-Care” package on our packages page for a discount on these therapies. This would be a perfect gift for anyone who struggles with fibromyalgia pain.