This diagnosis has been a catch all diagnosis for those that suffer from debilitating to moderate pain throughout the body when the cause can not been pinned down. Chronic pain leads to neurological changes and brings down your quality of life. I have treated several clients with this diagnosis and massage can have significant benefit in reducing the pain if you have this diagnosis.
Simply put if you suffer from this condition you have an inflammatory muscle response, which can be triggered by stress, sleep disorders, hormonal changes (which explains the higher incidence in women). Muscle is encased in fascia which provides pathways for blood vessels and nerves. Fibromyositis an overload of tension on muscles and tendons results which leads to inflammation, placing calcium deposits at muscle and tendon attachments. Making the muscular soft tissue not so soft anymore.
The constant tension often complained about comes from the decrease in ATP, the energy for the cell. From current research, there is enough energy to contract the muscle but then ATP is depleted and there is not enough for the muscle to relax. This reduces elasticity and effects circulation. With the increased tension motor nervous commands do not coincide with blood supply and leads to pH changes and this is what begins and sustains the pain cycle, or Fibromylagia.
If you do have this condition it's important to get massage to increase the circulation and blood supply so the muscular system can begin to relax. Also when you are dealing with chronic pain, receiving massage teaches your body to relax so your body is in the parasympathetic space and is better able to counteract the effects of stress on your body.
If you have been diagnosed with this condition massage can help reduce your pain and give you your life back. Contact Gary at Four Seasons Massage and Fitness and we can discuss what frequency of massage would be best for you.