Fibromyalgia (FMS)

By Laurie McKee

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is unknown. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and the soft tissues of the body.

Who gets Fibromyalgia?

According to statistics, it is commonly seen in women between the ages of 20 and 56. Men are also prone to Fibromyalgia, just not as much.


Sleep abnormalities are seen as one of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been closely associated with FMS. Another sign of Fibromyalgia is an increased sensitivity to pain and touch, as well as hot and cold.

Some treatments/remedies for FMS are:

Massage Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (Light therapeutic touch; is not Massage Therapy)

Neuromuscular Therapy (Therapeutic)

Relaxation Massage

Steam packs


Massage therapy is known for being a very therapeutic and healing modality to help release some of the pain and stress of Fibromyalgia.

A thorough medical examination by a Board Certified Medical Physician, D.O., Chiropractor is essential with a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Then, a prescription for therapy is advised – to be obtained from a licensed practitioner in massage.

Massage therapy relaxes the muscles and helps further the oxygen and blood flow to the areas of tightness, pain or sensitivity. Massage also helps encourage the endorphins to produce more energy and less tiredness, as well as a relaxed state of mind and body.

If you have seen your doctor and he or she has diagnosed you with Fibromyalgia, you could benefit significantly from the various types of massage and alternative treatments mentioned in this article. Check with your doctor to see which of the above options may be best for you.

Laurie McKee owns and operates the Center for Wellness-Touch Healing. Visit her website and see how you can get a massage in the Jacksonville area

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