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Benefits of Massage Therapy in Seattle for Fibromyalgia Relief

by Thrive on 25 February 2012 at 02:48


swedish-massage-for-fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia can be a very difficult, painful and emotionally draining disorder!  Primarily characterized by deep pain throughout the body, sufferers may also have problems sleeping and experience headaches, anxiety, stomach issues and depression.  While primarily treated with medication, massage therapy in general, for fibromyalgia can help dramatically.  The therapists at Thrive Healing Massage in Seattle are passionate about treating people with this painful and frustrating disease and seek to help Seattle and Fremont WA residents find relief through our healing massage therapies.  Read on to learn more about Fibromyalgia and the benefits of massage.

What is Fibromyalgia?

fibromyalgia-medical-massageExperts think the misfiring of brain signals that create painful sensations in the body cause fibromyalgia.  This is experienced by more women than men, but rarely 1 out of every 10 people who are affected by this are male.  Often the disorder occurs after a significant physical or emotional trauma, as well as infection or surgery, but sometimes the symptoms appear gradually with no known reason at all.  Genetics may play a part as well.

We all have certain chemicals in our brain, called neurotransmitters, which send pain signals when a trauma happens to the body.  This trauma may be as simple as a paper cut or as big as a major injury.  The fibromyalgia patient’s brain is thought to have an excess of these neurotransmitters, which result in deep, widespread pain throughout the body.

Here are some common symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

  • Depression
  •  Anxiety
  •  Insomnia
  •  Flu like symptoms
  •  Headaches
  •  Severe Fatigue
  •  Muscle weakness
  •  Light sensitivity
  •  Noise sensitivity
  •  Heart palpitations
  •  Restless Leg Syndrome
  •  Morning stiffness in joints and muscles
  •  Allergies
  •  Rashes and Itching
  •  and many more…..

Primarily controlled through medication, our Seattle massage services can help the pain and stiffness of fibromyalgia.  In fact, according to, a survey of fibromyalgia patients stated that massage therapy is the best treatment for fibromyalgia.

Which Types of Massage Therapy Help Fibromyalgia?

When understanding how massage therapy improves fibromyalgia, you must first understand the basic types of massage therapy. While many people know about Swedish massage, that is only one technique. There are actually several different kinds of massage that greatly benefit fibromyalgia, including Swedish massage, Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue Massage to name a few.


Swedish Massage

This technique uses long, stroking movements to help flush toxins out of the muscles and increase oxygen delivery into the muscle fibers.  This helps increase relaxation and overall muscle flexibility.

Myofascial Release

One of the lesser-known forms of massage therapy, Myofascial Release uses pressure and stretching techniques to loosen the layer of tissue that is on top of the body’s muscles and tendons.  When the fascia is short and tight, pain is the result.  The massage therapist gradually stretches the fascia, holds the stretch, and then allows the fascia to relax.  This process is repeated until the fascia is completely relaxed.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue massage uses deeper, more targeted strokes that reach deep muscle and tendon layers. This pressure helps loosen muscle tissue, and helps reduce pain caused by stiff muscles.

Massage Therapy in Seattle for Fibromyalgia

Our therapeutic Massage in Seattle for fibromyalgia uses a variety of styles and techniques to reduce pain and loosen the muscles and joints.  The most common complaints of fibromyalgia patients are stiffness and pain throughout their joints and body which is why massage is such an effective treatment for relieving pain.

The techniques used in massage therapy naturally increase the production of the body’s own painkillers, which can substantially reduce the overall pain experienced by fibromyalgia patients.  According to a 1996 survey, fibromyalgia pain symptoms decreased by almost 40 percent after several massage therapy sessions.

In addition, fibromyalgia treated with massage therapy is proven to give better, overall range of motion, flexibility, blood circulation and sleep patterns.  These fibromyalgia patients tend to have less stiffness, which may contribute to better sleep and fewer mood swings.

Some other benefits of Swedish massage therapy for fibromyalgia can include improved digestion, less inflammation, better posture, more muscle strength and a reduction or elimination of myofascial pain areas. Individuals with rheumatic disease are also more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia, and rheumatic symptoms may improve because of medical massage therapy as well.

Thrive Healing Massage in Seattle

Speak with the therapy specialists at Thrive Healing Massage in Seattle for more information about massage therapy for fibromyalgia and all the types of massage used to treat this horrible debilitating disease. We specialize in medical massage for conditions like fibromyalgia and can help patients feel better, stronger, and happier. Call us at (206) 547-5677 with any questions or Schedule your appointment online now.  Please note that you will also need a referral from your doctor for medical massage.

In addition, Your Doctor and  Thrive Healing Massage can tell you about other ways to help control and improve your fibromyalgia symptoms.  Which can include a  regular exercise routine, eating a healthy diet, incorporation of relaxation techniques into your everyday life, and a good sleeping pattern.  All of these lifestyle changes can help tremendously with managing Fibromyalgia.

For more information about fibromyalgia, including medical research and access to others in the fibromyalgia community, contact the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) or visit the American Chronic Pain Association website.

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  1. Jaimie S.

    The amount of stress, pain, depression, and fatigue that I get from Fibromyalgia in an average week is enough to drive me crazy! I haven’t tried massage yet but this article was very helpful in opening my eyes to this option.

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