Massage therapy can be helpful for managing the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and tenderness in the muscles and soft tissues. Massage can help to reduce muscle tension, improve blood circulation, and increase the production of endorphins, which are natural painkillers.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology found that massage therapy was effective in reducing pain and improving sleep in patients with fibromyalgia. Another study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork found that a combination of massage therapy and self-care techniques, such as stretching and relaxation exercises, was more effective than massage alone in reducing pain and improving quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia.
It’s important to note that massage therapy should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for fibromyalgia, which may include medication, exercise, and other therapies. It’s also important to consult with a healthcare professional before beginning any new treatment for fibromyalgia.