Regular medical massage therapy from Tree of Life Massage for pain associated with Fibromyalgia can be part of your pain management plan. Over the last two years a TREE of LIFE client with fibromyalgia has seen a significant improvement in her quality of life and reduced dependence on pain medication with the use of massage therapy. Massage has enabled her to begin and maintain a regular exercise routine which is one of the benchmarks of fibromyalgia treatment.
According to the National Institute of health - “Many people with fibromyalgia report varying degrees of success with complementary and alternative therapies, including massage, movement therapies (such as Pilates and the Feldenkrais method), chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, and various herbs and dietary supplements for different fibromyalgia symptoms”.
Although pain and fatigue may make exercise and daily activities difficult, it is crucial to be as physically active as possible. Research has repeatedly shown that regular exercise is one of the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia. Massage enables fibromyalgia patients to stay active and recover quickly from her regular workouts.
According to the 2014 report from the Joint Commission, nonpharmacologic strategies such as massage therapy should be included in the strategy for pain management. It is our position that the risk of dependency and addiction to pain medications is reduced when complimentary and alternative therapies are incorporated into a pain management plan, such as massage therapy.
Many people who cope with Fibromyalgia need to be active participants in their diagnosis and treatment plan. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of receiving a prescription for massage to be covered under your flexible spending account as part of your pain management plan.