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Massage Therapy For Chronic Fatigue And Fibromyalgia

Posted by Shez B.

Massage therapy can offer a great deal of relief for people with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. Rejuvenating and finding ways to increase your energy are vital to living and coping with these conditions. Relieving aches and pains, sleeping soundly and reducing stress can also all make a world of difference. Massage therapy offers all these benefits and more.

Chronic Stress

When your body is under stress, it is in a state of “fight or flight”. This means that physiologically, the body reacts as if there is constant danger around the corner. You may recognize that feeling in yourself, anxiety and chronic stress are common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia.

When you are in this state of anxiety, the body senses that everything else needs to be put on hold. Food goes undigested, breathing is shallow and the body fails to repair or restore itself. So constant stress is debilitating for the entire body and nervous systems, and can play a role in fatigue, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, and other physical symptoms. .

How Massage Helps:

· A State Of Rest

Massage puts people into a state of rest. It lets the body know that it is free of danger and that it can relax and heal. The body can more efficiently digest food and effectively repair itself. Massage releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers. They calm the nervous system and promote a feeling of wellbeing. Massage lessens anxiety and depression.

§ Improved Sleep

The pain relief that massage offers improves sleep. The restful state achieved through massage is similar to the deep, rejuvenating sleep that is often lacking in people with who have CFS and FM. The endorphins allow the mind to switch off and the body to fully rest.

§ Increased Energy and Clarity

The foggy brain and mental fuzziness associated with both Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia is reduced after a massage session, creating a clearer mind. The improved sleep allows the person to feel more refreshed and energized throughout the day. Overall concentration is also improved.

§ Healthier Muscles and Joints

The endorphins released through massage help the body to break the cycle of constant pain creating stress, which increases the pain. People report fewer aches and pains, and less stiffness. Range of motion is increased, and joint flexibility is improved.

Muscles are relaxed and softened, and spasms and cramping are reduced. Muscles are also exercised and stretched, which is particularly important for people who cannot exercise themselves.

§ Improved Overall Health

Circulation is increased, bringing nutrient rich oxygen to the organs and tissues. Blood pressure is lowered. As the lymph system is stimulated, which is part of the body’s natural defense system, immunity is boosted.

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Yes...all of this is good information. I have had CFS for years and massage can help. My only problem with it is that when you have CFS you often have financial struggles that go along with it and it can be tough to pay for therapeutic massage along with all the other treatments that cost money. :-(
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