1. Use Myofascial Release
Myofascial release targets the connective tissues around the bones and joints, such as the ligaments and tendons. By applying targeted pressure to reach these tissues, your massage therapist will relax and lengthen the tissues, causing a release of stress and tension. This massage technique also allows organs to expand. The overall effect is a dramatic reduction in the deep body aches and pains that come with fibromyalgia.
2. Have a Reflexology Session
Reflexology focuses on the feet. The theory behind this massage technique is that every organ in the body has corresponding points on the feet. By massaging these points, problems in the corresponding organs are corrected, and the body is put back into balance. Each reflexology appointment takes 30 minutes to an hour if you’re getting reflexology alone. It can also be incorporated into other massage types.
3. Do Passive Stretching With Your Therapist
In passive stretching, your massage therapist will gently stretch your limbs to their limits. Once those limits are reached, she’ll hold that position until you relax. Many people with fibromyalgia have a limited range of motion in one or more extremities, and passive stretching will increase range of motion and restore the ability to move an affected limb comfortably. It will also keep your limbs fit and flexible without any strenuous work on your part, since people with fibromyalgia are often fatigued.
4. Release Yourself With Cranial-Sacral Therapy
Cranial-sacral therapy can decrease pain in a couple of different ways. It works on both the physical level and an emotional level. In this type of massage, your therapist will gently work with your head and neck to rebalance your cerebrospinal fluid. This rebalance causes the connective tissues to relax and release any built-up tension that may be causing pain. The rebalancing process can also cause an emotional release of pent-up feelings that may have been inside you for years. These feelings can cause emotional distress and physical tension, even without you knowing it, and releasing them can bring about a reduction in pain by helping you to relax inside.
5. Eliminate the Pain at Its Source With Neuromuscular Therapy
When you get neuromuscular therapy, your therapist will bring your nervous and muscular systems into alignment by pressing on specific trigger points and sensitive areas. This technique interrupts the transmission of pain signals in the body and increases the flow of blood to the tender area. The result is frequently an intense reduction in the amount of overall pain in the body, particularly when you get neuromuscular therapy on a regular basis. Since the painful spots in fibromyalgia often change, the more often you get a neuromuscular treatment, the better you’ll be able to control pain where it’s happening.