therapeutic massage

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by angelamary, Nov 7, 2002.

  1. angelamary

    angelamary New Member

    I live in the u.k.and have hadFM for approx 3-4yrs. Istudy parttime at college 2hrs a week. Iam training to be a massage therapist.Iput up with the pain for two hrs if i'm having a bad day.I,m doing an assignment on the benefits of massage on people with FM.Could any of you oout there please help me . Iwould like to know what symptoms were helped if any, and over what period of time. All associated symptoms not just muscular.Also, which part of the body felt the most reief, if any, from the various manipulations.And overall do you think it was beneficial?Iwould be very,very, grateful for any help you could give me.
  2. angelamary

    angelamary New Member

    I live in the u.k.and have hadFM for approx 3-4yrs. Istudy parttime at college 2hrs a week. Iam training to be a massage therapist.Iput up with the pain for two hrs if i'm having a bad day.I,m doing an assignment on the benefits of massage on people with FM.Could any of you oout there please help me . Iwould like to know what symptoms were helped if any, and over what period of time. All associated symptoms not just muscular.Also, which part of the body felt the most reief, if any, from the various manipulations.And overall do you think it was beneficial?Iwould be very,very, grateful for any help you could give me.
  3. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    HOW do you do this when you have FMS??? I know I couldn't. Bless your heart!
    Massage is painful to me in many areas....I can stand a light massage but no more. I am trying the trigger point massage, but this is very painful. This, like massage, is beneficial for relieving the deep muscle pain if you can just stand it! I have noticed that my skin and tissue are very sensitive to touch. I have been this way for a long time; hypersensitive to touch. Even tickling can drive me crazy, but not the way most people describe it...it hurts me and always has. My husband and a lot of my elderly patients love to massage my neck when they see than I am tired and overworked, but this hurts me so bad that I avoid showing how tired I am! It hurts their feelings when I tell them it hurts me. I did like the Bowen therapy I did a few years ago..it was very gentle. I LOVE the atmosphere and the relaxation, but once I begin a deep massage I stiffen up and get very tense. Sorry to be such a bummer!
    Love,
    Kady
  4. PaulMark

    PaulMark New Member

    angel: i've been sick 5 yrs. prmary dx by dr. cheney is cfids mostly the immune abberations, tongue throat bronchial dry dry burnign fire ants biting 24/7 flu like bedridden 75% of the time, i' got massage even when healty
    and it is the only thing that lets me let go and get a few hrs. of relief from ALL the pain,

    if i can ever get well enough i want to go to school, a girl who grew up with my sisters, is a master lic. massage ther. i don't see her anymore (money) but i have a neighbor who is a m. th. and if i can get someone to take me the l4 miles to her place of bus. i get a free one

    i love them, i believe in them, whe i have the energy i work on my foot reflex points, i have a chart helps temporarily only but gives me some relaxtion when i think i cannot live any longer wtih cfids and fms

    i'm glad you are doing it i keep praying i can someday, when i was healhty my sister had sinus headaches and i could get rid of them in 20 minutes workign on toes refl pts. and neck since acunpressure points etc.

    pm
  5. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    Massage has helped me the most of anything I`ve tried. I go
    once a month to once a week depending how tight I am and how bad I`m feeling.

    It looses up the tight muscles,relaxes me and takes away some pain. I believe ts very healing to be touched
    whether its a hug or a massage. It all helps to take away a little of the pain.
  6. pookiebyrd

    pookiebyrd New Member

    I had massage therapy and ultrasound therapy done for approximately 4 months, twice a week. Both therapies felt great while I was having them done at the office, but I found that about 6-8 hours later, I was very sore where I was massaged, mainly my shoulder blades and over the trapezious muscles. Also each time I went back both the ultasound and massage therapists, felt that I was tighter in those areas and had knots. that they could loosen for a short time, but would return, usually worse or more knots by the next time I went in. I finally asked them if there was any point in continuing treatment and they agreed that for me, the relief was for such a short time, and everything was so inflammed and tight that there was no use in continuing because there was not enough positive effect.

    Sorry to ramble, hope this helps.....

    Pookie
  7. granmama

    granmama New Member

    I am in the same boat as Kadywill. It hurts my skin to be touched. Sometimes when my husband tucks me in at night and positions my pillows, he will raise my thigh to put a pillow between my legs. OMG, his fingers feel like a drill into my thigh. Oh course, I'm yelling it hurts, it hurts. I know he wants to help and make me comfortable.
    I use to love a good old fashioned neck rub, not anymore!
    And those trigger point massages Kadywill was talking about are painful! The nerves are so sensitive, but the rubbing helps to stretch the muscles in my lower back. My husband and I have found rubbing my lower back in a rotating motion with the heel of his hand has proven to be more effective.

    Years ago, after I had lower back-facet joint surgery, I was given manipulative therapy at a DO hospital. My therapist told me that once she started I would hurt more, like I had been in a car wreck, but over the days I would improve.
    It turned out she was right and eventually I felt so relaxed afterwards. I always got the hot packs first before the therapy.

    I see a Pain specialist in December, hopefully he will recommend something similar.

    take care,
    granmama
    [This Message was Edited on 11/08/2002]