The Painful Truth About Fibromyalgia

The Painful Truth About Fibromyalgia

By Amanda Liddle, HB.Sc(Kin), R.Kin, CAT(C), RMT

Pain is highly personal.

One person’s “I hurt all over” is not the same for another person’s “I hurt all over.”  Especially when you suffer from Fibromyalgia — a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas.

A syndrome that affects the muscles and soft tissue, Fibromyalgia symptoms can include chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, andpainful tender points.  Researchers believe that Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way our brain processes pain signals.  Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress and in other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

While scientist don’t know what causes this condition, women are more likely to develop Fibromyalgia compared to men.  On February 2, 2018, Lady Gaga announced the cancellation of the final 10 dates of the European Leg of her Joanne World Tour due to severe pain that has impacted her ability to perform.

While there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, exercise, relaxation and massage therapy can help control symptoms and improve quality of life.  Massage therapy from a Registered Massage Therapist can provide the following benefits:

  • gate control theory: touch sensory information helps inhibit pain fibre activity which reduces the perception of pain
  • increase the production of the body’s natural pain killers
  • reduce tension in muscles
  • increase range of motion
  • reduce heart rate
  • restore homeostasis of the body therefore decreasing anxiety/depression
  • encourage circulation therefore removal of waste products and allowing for an influx of nutrients

For more information on our massage therapy services, please contact me at (905) 339-2333 or email me at aliddle@dynamichealthandperformance.ca

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