I am a 31 year old Female and US Army Disabled Veteran Proud to have served in Afghanistan during "Operation Enduring Freedom" Awarded the Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal, Proud Mother, and Fiancée to a wonderful man.
Fibromyalgia diagnosed at 15yrs old, ADHD, PTSD, Spinal Fusion lower back, Carpel Tunnel, and 1/16th aluminum parts lol.
Post Edited (still_kickin_30) : 2/5/2009 9:29:34 PM (GMT-7)
My massage therapist is truly awesome!! One of her specialties is Fibro. I started seeing her when I was having PT for a shoulder problem (2005). (eventually I wound up having surgery on the shoulder). I don't go if I'm in a major flare. She spends a lot of time helping me with stretching. She also uses theraputic heat stones on me... its so wonderful. After she heats up my chronic pain areas with the stones it helps to loosen them up, so the massage isn't painful at all. If I'm just coming off a flare she uses light touch massage. But I can get deep tissue massage when I'm feeling good. Muscle tightness in my shoulders and neck area can get pretty bad if I'm really stressed out and she just knows what to do and how to touch me. Bare in mind I've been going to her for almost 4 years. Of course, she's certified. I wouldn't recommend going to anyone that's not certified. I can't afford to go as often as I would like, but I try to go about once every 6 weeks.
Remember, everyone's pain is different. I have an very high pain threshold.
I get a light massage once a month and this has helped me quite a bit. But, make sure you have a good therapist that knows what they are doing. That is the key!
Here is a link to a site that will help you find the right massage therapist in your area. These people are true professionals. My therapist is in this group and she is fantastic. Hope this helps!
I'm a former massage therapist, and I've found that massage helps me quite a bit. Whoever said that you need to communicate with your therapist is absolutely right. There is a certain amount they can read as they work on you- tension in the muscles, the way you breath or shift. But they aren't mind readers. If something hurts you've got to speak up.
On the other hand, there may be times when what they're doing is uncomfortable. It's kind of like exercise. It doesn't feel great at the time, but in the long run you're better off for doing it. I took a break from receiving massage for a while, and the first one or two back left me aching for a couple of days. But once those days passed, I felt much better than I had before the massage. The more regularly you have massage the less that post-massage achiness is a problem. And you want to drink as much water as possible in the 24 hours after your massage. That will help a lot, too. If you've got any knots, your therapist may want to work on those. Be honest with them about whether or not you can handle that type of work. If you do decide to let them, tell them if you get near your limit. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was that knot. It doesn't have to come out in one session either.
When I was massaging, I would not have wanted to work on a client when the touch of clothes or sheets caused pain. I don't see how massage could be anything but a negative at that moment. I was OK with causing some discomfort for the client's eventual benefit, but never pain. Pain means you're either damaging the tissue you're working on or increasing tension in the rest of the body as the client tries to guard against the pain. Which undoes all the work you've just done. "No pain, no gain" is not an appropriate attitude in a massage environment.