Does Massage Help Fibromyalgia Pain?
I was recently asked ‘does massage help with fibromyalgia?’
It certainly can do if it’s done in a way that feels pleasant to you.
For everyone experiencing Fibro, what feels pleasant is unique to them.
Some people really enjoy a firm pressure with vigorous strokes. Some people really enjoy an incredibly gently, calm, caring touch with very slow rhythmic movement. Other people much more prefer a sustained touch with no movement.
Everyone is individual and a good therapist should listen to you and ask questions about what you like and don’t like, how your body feels and what your personal experience of Fibro is, in order to tailor your treatment to you.
Crucially, this might be different for you at every appointment! So we should never assume you'd like the same treatment every time we see you.
What is most important is that you feel safe and cared for, so your brain (which processes information and sensations of pain) can downregulate ready to experience a body which can feel pleasant to be in.
I hope this helps!! And if you would like any more info, or a chat about your Finromyalgia and if soft tissue therapy could be a good fit for you, get in touch - I'm always happy to chat!