Are the widespread pain, anxiety and depression, mental fog and sleep difficulties of fibromyalgia negatively affecting your quality of life? Whether you've been recently diagnosed or have been fighting this battle for years, you know relief can be elusive. What you may not know, is just how effective massage therapy can be in treating this condition.
An often mysterious and confounding medical condition, fibromyalgia isn't even thoroughly understood by some healthcare providers. What researchers do know is that fibromyalgia is more likely to strike women than men, that it causes pain throughout the body, it interferes with normal sleeping patterns and can also lead to anxiety and depression.
For some patients, fibromyalgia develops after either an emotional or a physical trauma. For others, a genetic mutation may be to blame. Researchers have determined that patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis may be more prone to fibromyalgia, as are those with a relative who has the condition.
Because this disease isn't often understood by friends, family members and coworkers, anxiety, health-related depression and feelings of isolation are relatively common. Other conditions associated with fibromyalgia include disorders of the temporomandibular joint, interstitial cystitis, migraine and/or tension headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome.
With such a wide variety of symptoms and comorbid conditions, it's no wonder patients living with fibromyalgia sometimes feel depressed or anxious. Treatment options are few and far between, as there is currently no cure. Massage therapy, however, can be a highly effective treatment for many patients.