What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, including muscle and joint pain, profound fatigue, disturbed sleep and a myriad of other symptoms.
The pain tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning, often described as head to toe pain. It may be worse at some times than at others. It may also change location, usually becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used most.
The name fibromyalgia is made up from “fibrio” for fibrous tissues such as tendons and ligaments; “my” indicating muscles; and “algia’ meaning pain. The fatigue ranges from feeling tired, to the exhaustion of a flu-like illness. It may come and go and people suddenly feel drained of energy.
Fibromyalgia can occur by itself or along with forms of arthritis or auto immune conditions like scleroderma. Although it is never fatal, it is usually difficult to manage and can cause significant disability and disruption of quality of life, it can also lead to depression and social isolation.
It is however a more common condition than rheumatoid arthritis, though more painful. People with mild to moderate cases of fibromyalgia are usually able to live a normal life, given the appropriate treatment.
As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also experience;
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Muscle stiffness
- Difficulty sleeping/unrefreshed sleep – waking up tired and stiff
- Problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”) – cognitive problems including lack of concentration, temporary memory impairment and word mix up
- Clumsiness and dizziness
- Dryness in mouth, eyes and nose
- Headaches – ranging from ordinary types to migraines
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Hypersensitivity to cold / heat changes in the weather and to noise, bright lights, smoke and other environmental factors
How can Lomi Lomi Massage help in treating Fibromyalgia?
There is no single treatment that will address all of the fibromyalgia symptoms. Instead, some complementary treatments such as carefully customised massage can be effective in treating the symptoms, such as any tender or sore points in the muscle tissues. It is important to point out that not just any style of massage is suitable for fibromyalgia conditions. For instance, deep tissue massage and trigger point or acupressure therapy is not ideal for this condition because there are specific sensitive points identified (See chart below) in Fibromyalgia patients which can be painful when pressed on too deeply.
The long broad strokes of Lomi Lomi massage works well in treatment of the painful and sore areas experienced with Fibromyalgia. The touch has to be gentle, caring and loving in order to allow the nervous system to start to relax and release any muscle tension or pain.
Vigorous massage techniques is not recommended as it can further aggravate the tender points and cause discomfort for the massage receiver.
The nurturing and relaxing touch of Lomi Lomi massage can bring great therapeutic relief to anyone suffering from Fibromyalgia symptoms. The ocean-like broad movements in this graceful massage which is also known as ‘Loving Hands Massage’ allows the receiver to easily relax and switch off – something that many with this condition rarely enjoy.
If you are looking to try a holistic massage treatment for Fibromyalgia symptoms, you are welcome to visit our serene massage room in the heart of London to experience the healing benefits of Lomi Lomi massage.