Fibromyalgia: Management Through Massage
Benefits of Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia
Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healthcare still in practice. At Stress-Less, our professional massage therapist concentrates on techniques that encourage circulation in the muscles, which increases the flow of nutrients and eliminates waste products. This is particularly beneficial for those with fibromyalgia as it can reduce heart rate, relax muscles, improve range of motion in joints and increase production of the body's natural painkillers.
What Massage Techniques Will Be Used?
There are a variety of massage techniques specific to Fibromyalgia. Depending on your sensitivity levels and tender points, your therapist may utilize Reflexology or various forms of massage for Fibromyalgia, or certain methods that address your specific requests and needs.
Sleep Better, Feel Better
One of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia is waking up tired, even if it seems you've received plenty of sleep. After a therapeutic massage for Fibromyalgia from Stress-Less, you're likely to feel more relaxed and get a better night's rest. Deep sleep is truly beneficial to managing fibromyalgia as it is during this time that the restorative process occurs. So not only will a therapeutic massage help you wake more refreshed, but you may also experience less pain during the day.
But Won't it Hurt?
Because fibromyalgia causes pain and makes your body extremely sensitive to touch, open lines of communication are vital when it comes to how much pressure your muscles can endure during your session. Our professional therapist is familiar with the specific needs of those suffering from fibromyalgia, but you should also feel comfortable communicating to your therapist which will ensure a soothing, therapeutic massage every time. If you ever have questions, please consult your doctor before beginning any therapy.
Relief Through Therapy
Studies show that low-impact exercise programs give people with fibromyalgia relief by raising the levels of natural chemicals in the body that reduce pain and fatigue. You may be reluctant to exercise if you are already tired and in pain, but there are several options now available to you. With a Stress-Less Massage package, not only can you enjoy a gentle, therapeutic massage, but we also offer massages that utilize stretching and relaxation. You should begin slowly, but with ongoing help from your therapist, you can benefit from continual relief.
What are the Benefits of Regular Massage for Fibromyalgia?
Here's the beauty of massage: Not only does each session feel great, but also the therapeutic benefits are compounded when massage is utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you go, the healthier you feel.
Managing Migraines: Find Peace of Mind Through Massage
How Can Massage Help Manage Migraines?
Massage is a great way to manage stress and relieve tension-two of the main causes of migraine headaches. Research at The Touch Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine found that massage therapy decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms while increasing serotonin levels in adults with migraine headaches.
Stress-Less professional therapist can provide services designed to reduce symptoms associated with migraines, so you experience lasting relief and peace of mind.
What Techniques Will Be Used?
Depending on the severity of your migraines or tension headaches, your therapist may utilize a Reflexology, Swedish massage, or other methods that address your specific requests and needs.
Is There Lasting Relief?
Migraines and other types of headaches are one of the most common complaints seen in the doctor's office today. The Mayo Clinic recommends that patients with migraines spend at least a half-hour each day doing something either relaxing or that involves the relaxation of muscles. If you have any pressing concerns, please consult your doctor.
Arthritis: There is Relief with Massage Therapy
Living With Arthritis
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, reduced quality of life, and high health care costs in the U.S. Of the 46 million Americans who suffer from arthritis, nearly half say that arthritis limits their normal activities. The good news is that recent studies suggest that massage can help reduce pain and increase mobility in those who suffer from arthritis. At Stress-Less, we offer a Massage Wellness Program to help cope with chronic arthritis pain.
Managing Arthritis Pain: A Brief History
More than 2,000 years ago, Greek physician Hippocrates wrote that doctors should be experienced in "Rubbing that can bind a joint that is loose and loosen a joint that is too hard." Today, massage is still a popular way to manage arthritis pain. At Stress-Less, our professional massage therapist helps improve joint movement, relax tense muscles, and stimulate the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin and underlying tissues. What's more, this relaxation helps break the cycle of pain and stress that often accompanies arthritis.
In 2006, researchers from Yale Prevention Research Center held a 16-week clinical trial involving 64 individuals with arthritis. This trial showed that massage therapy improved flexibility, lessened pain and improved range of motion in the participants. This is the first clinical trial of its kind in this country and it validates what many massage therapists have experienced anecdotally. Researcher Adam Perlman, MD says that, "Ultimately, massage may be shown to lessen a patient's reliance on medications and decrease healthcare costs. Our hope is to show that this treatment is not only safe and effective, but cost effective".
Massage Brings Relief, Relaxation, And Sleep
A study conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed that ongoing massage could lower anxiety, reduce pain, and improve grip strength for those with arthritis. Additionally, a common thread between arthritis sufferers is lack of deep sleep. Tiffany Field, PhD and director of the Touch Research Institute noted that, "When you are deprived of deep sleep, certain kinds of pain chemicals are released." With regular massage, our professional therapist can actually help you get more deep sleep. "It's this deep sleep that's truly important because that is where the restorative process is happening," says Field. This is doubly important, as not only can ongoing massage help you sleep better, but it can also decrease your pain during the day.
Communication Is Key
At Stress-Less, I understand that there are many forms of arthritis, it's a chronic condition, and there is no cure. Our professional massage therapist uses several different massage modalities, each of which is customized to help with your specific needs. Most importantly however, we practice constant communication before, during, and after each session. This ensures that our professional massage therapist properly understand your tolerance level, and that you receive a massage that is both relaxing and therapeutic every time. If you ever have questions or concerns with whether massage is right for you, please consult your doctor.