Fibromyalgia

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Medical Massage located in Tempe, AZ

Fibromyalgia causes widespread chronic pain that can negatively impact your ability to enjoy life. At Medi-ssage Health in Tempe, Arizona, medical massage provider Arricka Watkins, LMT, MMP, performs myofascial release techniques and manual lymphatic drainage to deliver substantial pain relief caused by fibromyalgia. Call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Q&A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a neurological condition that causes widespread pain. While researchers once believed the condition was inflammatory, most now agree that fibromyalgia is the result of abnormalities in the way your brain and spinal cord process pain signals.

Because fibromyalgia pain is broad, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact source of your symptoms. Many individuals with fibromyalgia experience pain and soreness in the body’s fascia, a thin type of connective tissue.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

While pain is the most prominent fibromyalgia symptom, it isn’t the only one. Common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Stiffness throughout the body
  • Widespread pain
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Chronic headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Tingling or weakness in the extremities
  • Facial pain
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue

The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be difficult to identify at first, so it’s important to seek a diagnosis at the first sign of pain.

What causes fibromyalgia?

While researchers don’t know exactly what causes fibromyalgia, common risk factors include:

Age

Fibromyalgia can affect individuals at any age, but most people develop the condition between ages 30 and 50.

Sex

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that women are twice as likely as men to develop fibromyalgia.

Injury

Repetitive injuries, such as damage to the shoulder or knee joint, can trigger fibromyalgia.

Autoimmune disease

Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus, can increase your risk of fibromyalgia.

Genetics

Individuals with a family history of fibromyalgia are more likely to develop the condition than those who don’t.

Other common risk factors for fibromyalgia include weight challenges, certain viral infections, and traumatic incidents.

What are the treatments for fibromyalgia?

The medical massage providers at Medi-ssage Health perform several effective hands-on techniques to relieve fibromyalgia pain:

Myofascial release

Myofascial release is a technique that focuses on relaxing contracted muscles. This targeted type of massage can also improve your lymphatic drainage and blood circulation.

Manual lymphatic drainage

The lymphatic system is a series of vessels that helps remove toxins and maintain fluid levels in the body. When fluid accumulates in the lymphatic vessels, it can cause swelling, pain, and discomfort. Manual lymphatic drainage gently reroutes the flow of lymph fluid to reduce pain and swelling.

To learn more about fibromyalgia, call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online today.