Today is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and we think it’s important to draw attention to this serious disease the affects more than 12 million Americans.
So, what is fibromyalgia? It’s a form of arthritis that causes varying degrees of pain and discomfort on a daily basis. People suffering from fibromyalgia often experience depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances because their overall physical well-being is being compromised by the disease.
Several studies from leading institutions such as The Touch Research Institute at the Miami School of Medicine, Yale University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, have proven that massage therapy can help relieve some of these troublesome symptoms. Good news, right? Right!
A more comfortable and active life is possible as massage plays a very healthy and effective role in alleviating the pain and swelling caused by arthritis, increasing mobility and range of motion, increasing muscle and joint strength, improving flexibility and circulation, and reducing anxiety. Massage treatments target muscle pain and trigger points to help alleviate the constant aches and help manage stress. In addition to routine massage treatments, many people turn to herbal remedies, physical therapy and exercise for relief.
Finding the right treatment that works best for you is key. If you’re in pain and think you may be living with fibromyalgia, talk to your doctor to learn more about the disease and how massage therapy can help.