Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is characterized by the following:

  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep and cognitive disorders such as memory issues
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Stress
  • Migraine headaches
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular pain)

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

  • Familial history
  • Illness
  • Trauma: physical or emotional

What Causes the Pain?

  • Over stimulation of the nervous system such as the brain and spinal cord.
  • Nociceptors which are specialized sensory receptors conduct electrical signals along the nervous system via neurotransmitters carrying glutamate and substance P with them this constant barrage of pain signals eventually makes the person become more and more sensitive to pain.

What is The Treatment for Fibromyalgia?

  • There is no cure, or one size fits all treatment
  • It is a multidimensional approach which includes:
  • Self-care (exercise such as yoga, tai chi, pilates, water aerobics, application of moist heat, ice, topical analgesics).
  • Alternative care (acupuncture, massage)
  • The use of medications (steroids, analgesics, narcotics, immunosuppressants.
  • And Specialists: PCP, orthopedists, rheumatologists, mental health specialists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.

How Can Massage Help?

  • Promotes relaxation and restoration of sleep, decreases hypersensitivity to touch, helps in releasing happy chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalin’s, improves circulation and blood flow minimizing headaches, depression, anxiety and helps restoring mental clarity.