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A specially trained massage therapist can reduce suffering from Fibromyalgia by delivering a massage in a sensitive and non-aggressive manner, referred to as “Compassionate Touch,” in order to calm nerve endings and reduce their amplified signals to the brain. Treating Fibromyalgia outside of the doctor’s office is possible.
Senses on High Alert
One of the instances in which Fibromyalgia symptoms begin is when someone is under considerable and sustained psychological stress over an extended amount of time with no opportunity for relief. The body’s natural response to an immediate stress – the pumping of adrenalin into the body – is elongated to an extent that researchers believe changes the brain’s processing of pain signals. That change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain.
Someone suffering with the condition will often experience chronic and unpredictable pain, ranging from general aching to pain from being touched. People with Fibromyalgia often suffer from fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues as a result of their constant struggle with feeling pain.
Treating Fibromyalgia with Compassionate Touch
“Compassionate touch and massage is a great way to reintroduce the individual [suffering from Fribromyalgia] to touch. Fibromyalgia patients lose touch with touch. “
Research shows that specialized Compassionate Touch massage as a treatment strategy lowers perceived pain, anxiety and depression in Fibromyalgia patients. With tremendous benefits to be had, the first step is for the patient to allow a therapist to touch them. In many cases, patients are fearful of touch and the possible pain that it might provoke. A properly trained massage therapist is acutely aware of the patient’s circumstances and knows exactly how to administer sensitive and non-aggressive massage.
As Fibromyalgia patients get further along with their treatment plan with a specially trained therapist, they can expect reduced anxiety and depression while the massage treatments encourage blood flow to nerve endings.