If I have Fibromyalgia can I have a Massage?
Yes, there is, however, additional elements a massage therapist needs to take into consideration and discuss with clients. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition generally characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, tenderness in localized areas and anxiety. Exercise, relaxation and stress reduction can help manage a lot of these symptoms. Research shows short-term benefits of massage therapy for reducing pain and fatigue, improving mood and health-related quality of life for individuals with fibromyalgia. One pilot study examines the potential benefits of massage therapy on anxiety and sleep quality with fibromyalgia. This study revealed an increase in coping capabilities among participants as well as an overall sense of empowerment with symptom management.