What is it?

Fibromyalgia is a group of signs and symptoms that include chronic pain in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. It is one of a collection of chronic disorders that often go hand in hand. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is frequently seen with chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, sleep disorders, and several other chronic conditions.Signs and Symptoms

1. Widespread pain is shifting locations that are extremely difficult to pin down. It is widely believed to be connective tissue disorder. The intensity of the pain may vary widely (in other words, patients have good days and bad days). The pain can range from a deep ache to burning and tingling. Most people that are suffering from this ailment live a sedentary lifestyle and are unable to move due to the pain and in turn, the pain persists due to inactivity. Massage will begin to move the connective tissue in ways to release its restriction. The more movement, the less pain, the more the client will want to move their bodies in general and so will begin a road of decreased overall symptoms.

2. Tender points. Nine predictable pairs of these are distributed among all quadrants of the body. When FMS is triggered by a specific trauma, extra tender points may develop in the area around the injury. Massage can release those points using acupressure techniques.

3. Stiffness after rest. Your therapist will suggest stretching you can do prior to resuming your activities.

4. Poor stamina. This again is contributed in part to the pain threshold, reduce the pain, increase the activity, and increase your stamina. It is a whole-body approach we seek together with you and for you.

4. Sensitivity amplification and low pain tolerance. All kinds of sensation become more intense and likely to cause pain. This includes light and sound but is true especially of cold, texture, and pressure. Often times meditation can alleviate some not all but some of the sensory contributing factors. We can guide you in that area as well to recommend breathing techniques to engage your parasympathetic nervous system to aid in calming the sensory overload.