Aug 1

Fibromyalgia – A Chronic Musculoskeletal Disorder.

Symptoms_of_fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal disorder characterized by widespread pain and stiffness throughout the body. It is diagnosed by having a history of three months of generalized pain with tenderness with palpation on 11 out of 18 prescribed locations on the body aligning with no other physical findings that would indicate another condition. Also accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, as well as memory and mood disruption, fibromyalgia affects physiological as well as psychological aspects of the body.

Deriving from the latin words fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia)  the cause of this disorder is unknown. Symptoms sometimes appear after traumatic experience, infections, surgery or a copious amount of stress. Symptoms may also present over a gradual amount of time with no specific trigger.

Other common symptoms :

Restless leg syndrome
Numbness and tingling in extremities
Anxiety and Depression
Cognitive complication
( impairs ability to focus, pay attention or concentrate)

fibro-pain-managed-naturallyFibromyalgia tends to run in families, so there may be a genetic that would make some individuals more susceptible to developing the disorder than others. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Those dealing with this disorder would benefit from a team approach of health care professionals and most importantly taking precaution to get regular exercise and adequate sleep but Massage Therapy has great benefits as a primary approach.

Studies have shown that Massage can have positive results in symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia and regulating sleep patterns as well as muscle fatigue. Directly targeting the musculature and connective tissue in the body, it can help relieve muscle pain, restoring restrictions in postural muscles, eliminating headaches and migraines as well as decreasing stress throughout the body.

– Nina Cox, RMT

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