Fibromyalgia and massage is of particular interest to me, having a wife who suffers from this awful illness.
First let me begin by stressing that I have no medical qualifications and this post is based upon my own experience of using massage to alleviate some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and as ever proper medical advice should be obtained relating to your own condition and suitability for massage therapy.
My wife was diagnosed several years ago with Fibromyalgia and, as a condition which affects the muscles and is made worse by stress, massage seemed the ideal partner to the array of prescription drugs supplied by the doctor. Oh, if only it were that simple!!!!
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer with Fibro, you will be aware of those days when the slightest touch to the skin is enough to send you skywards......sound familiar?!! Well needless to say on days like those, massage is probably somewhere near the bottom of your to do list.
What we did find was that on days when massage was an option, the slow and deep (not too deep!) techniques were a great way to relax some of the tension that builds up in the muscles and greatly reduces stress which seems to help. Obviously one of the problems is that no 2 people seem to have the same Fibromyalgia......however if it does work for you, happy days!
Unfortunately there is no cure for Fibromyalgia at the moment, but if you do find something that helps relieve some of the symptoms, as my wife has, it has to be worth a go.