How Massage can Help Patients with Fibromyalgia

Date Posted:6 November 2017

A report shows that about 5.8 million people suffer from fibromyalgia each year living in Australia. Sadly, the number of people suffering from this syndrome is increasing every year.

Fibromyalgia impacts the soft tissue and muscles, causing severe muscle pain, fatigue, sleepless nights, and sore tender points all over the body.




Lifestyle changes, stress management and medications can aid patients in alleviating aches and pains. Massage therapy is a very effective pain management technique that can work quite well for individuals suffering fibromyalgia.

Masseurs encounter numerous clients with fibromyalgia, and know how to treat their problem using a specific massage technique. They incorporate different massage techniques to help patients get rid of the pain:

1. Swedish Massage- The professionals use oil to facilitate long strokes, friction, and kneading on the body to stimulate circulation. They lightly apply pressure on the muscles in the same direction as the blood flow entering to the heart.


2. Deep-Tissue Massage- Masseurs apply deep pressure to give comfort to the inner layers of the muscle. They use a sequence of direct pressure and strokes to ease muscle tension. They even use thumbs or elbows to increase the pressure so as to decrease the tension stuck in the deepest part of muscles.


3. Neuromuscular Massage- The experts use a combination of shiatsu and acupressure with deep tissue massage to reduce pain and restore movement by stretching the muscle fibers.


4. Hot Stone Massage- Masseurs heat stones to a desirable temperature, and place them on major points of the patient’s body. This will provide comfort and help them to get a good night’s sleep.


5. Sports Massage: Even though sports massage is particularly for professional athletes to ease muscle stiffness, increase flexibility, and provide comfort. It can be beneficial for people with fibromyalgia to lessen tension and stress. It can reduce blood pressure, improves lymph flow, increase blood circulation, boost flexibility, additional to alleviating fibromyalgia pain.


6. Passive Stretching- The professionals educate patients about the benefits of passive stretching at home. In this technique, you have to exert external force on a limb to move it into another position. Patients with fibromyalgia have stiff joints due to the continuous muscle spasms. Through this healing technique they will be able to move their legs and arm in one direction, which will result in reducing stiffness and improved flexibility.


These are some of the different types of massage techniques given to patients to treat fibromyalgia. If you undergo any pain during the massage session, tell it to the masseur. They will decrease the pressure on your body to comfort you.

For patients who have to undergo constant pain and discomfort, massage therapy can be a blissful experience that can increase your overall health and wellbeing.