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Home-Based Massage Therapy Helps Fibromyalgia Clients with Chronic Pain

05 Jun 2013

Getting a MassageMassage therapists can help people who have fibromyalgia (FM) and suffer from chronic pain with home massage therapy. This chronic pain disorder is debilitating for people suffering from it. The pain associated with it is widespread musculoskeletal pain for clients. It can affect their physical, mental and social dispositions. Massage therapists can help by performing massage therapy in clients’ homes. It is one of the Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments recommended by doctors for their patients.

Fibromyalgia (FM) affects about five million people in America. Only osteoarthritis is a more common joint disease. It targets muscles and connective tissues, such as tendons, bursa, ligaments, and joints. The time period it covers can be days, weeks or months and can be affected by the weather, sleep patterns, stress, activity level, immune status or the time of day.

Some people who have experienced surgery, infection, stress, or physical traumas are affected by fibromyalgia.  Massage therapy can help to enhance patient’s immune systems and endocrine functions.  The benefits of massage include helping clients improve their sleep and balance, reduce neck pain, decrease the body pain, and increased in flexibility. 

A recent study compared the effects of therapy. The two kinds were connective tissue massage and manual lymph drainage therapy. The study monitored 50 women. Half of the women were picked to receive manual lymph drainage therapy. The other half of the women were picked to receive connective tissue massage. The assignments were made randomly. All fifty women received sessions of either manual lymph drainage therapy or connective tissue massage five days a week for three weeks. The results of the study showed that the 25 women in the manual lymph drainage therapy group showed more significant improvement. The causes of fibromyalgia are not known.

More and more, studies are indicating that massage can be extremely beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain conditions.  Offering home-based massage  for these individuals can be an avenue of increasing your practice, as fibromyalgia sufferers often have difficulty traveling, and are more apt to take advantage of massage therapy which could be performed in their own homes. 





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