Massage for ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia and Long Covid
ME. CFS. Fibromyalgia. Long Covid.
All very similar. All slightly different. All very real.
All clients I see regularly in my practice who are coping with a wide variety of symptoms from extreme fatigue, to chronic pain, to brain fog that feels like they're wading through treacle, and everything else inbetween.
When it comes to treating clients with any of these, or other long term chronic conditions, the very first thing I do is ask you to tell me what your experience of living in your body with this condition is.
Because everyone is different. Without exception.
No two people with ME have the same experience.
No two people with CFS have the same experience.
No two people with Fibromyalgia have the same experience.
No two people with Long Covid have the same experience.
Interestingly, in my experience, no single person with a chronic condition has the same requirements at each appointment, because their condition can vary so much that sometimes a deep, vigorous massage feels amazing and other times the thought of deep pressure is unbearable to a gentle approach is needed.
So you are treated exactly as you are meant to be - as an individual whose massage needs to be tailored to work with your body as it is at the time of your treatment.
Some treatments this will look like a deep tissue full body massage.
Some treatments this will look like stretching out your muscles and mobilising your joints.
Some treatments this will be incredibly gentle Myofascial release.
Some treatments will be focused to a specific area of the body and other times a full body treatment.
And some treatments we'll throw everything out of the window that has helped before because a different approach is needed that day.
All of this is absolutely fine because I'm here to help you feel good in a way that works for you and how your body feels when you come for your appointment. I have a broad range of skills and clinical experience to be able to tailor your treatment to you.
My clients with this condition tell me that Massage / soft tissue therapy can feel very therapeutic. They've reported that it's helped them with everything from pain, to sleep, to mobility.
But the most important thing is that they find it beneficial as part of their self care, so they're not relying on massage to help them feel good, but massage / soft tissue therapy can help them to feel good and so help them to take control of how they work with their condition.
This post from Pain Science about understanding the difference is well worth a read if you'd like to understand more https://www.painscience.com/blog/why-is-it-always-me-slash-cfs-and-wheres-fm.html?fbclid=IwAR3llgDTUeuFOAgDLBwUqEth9SZhaNa7UxM8iyuh070JR3fbJ_bkLs_wGY0