Over the years I have worked with many people with pain disorders, working in the chiropractic field early in my career gave me a wide range of experiences with various chronic pain disorders such as Fibromyalgia.
One such experience was a woman who came for chiropractic care following a car accident. At first she was uncomfortable with the idea of having massages with her treatments because in the past she had received a painful massage elsewhere. I assured her that I could give her a therapeutic massage with minimal discomfort.
Not only was I able to help her to recover from her car accident but the massages also helped her to manage her fibroymalgia pain and she continued to be a client of mine for well over a year until I moved to California. She and I are still in contact to this day and she recently told me that without my massages her chiropractic treatments fail to have the same results that she was getting while I was treating her.
If you are hesitant to receive massages due to fear of discomfort I strongly urge you to find a massage therapist who specializes in caring for clients with pain disorders. The benefits of massage in patients with fibromyalgia have been the subject of much study and studies have shown that massage can help reduce pain both short term and in many cases long term with regular massage therapy.
The following is an article by the American Massage Therapy Association that details some of the studies that have been done on the effects of massage on fibromyalgia patients: Massage Therapy as Beneficial Part of Integrative Treatment Plan for Fibromyalgia
Yours in Health and Wellness,
Kristeen Smart AKA Kristeen Kish
CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist