Fibromyalgia is a multi-layered condition, and those who are suffering from it often have a difficult time communicating the complexities to others. Here is an excerpt from the Fibromyalgia Foundation’s website:
“Fibromyalgia pain typically waxes and wanes in intensity; flares are associated with unaccustomed exertion, soft tissue injuries, lack of sleep, cold exposure, and psychological stressors. Although most patients have widespread body pain, there are typically one or two locations that are the major foci. These pain foci often shift to other locations, often in response to new biomechanical stresses or trauma. Fibromyalgia is more than a muscle pain syndrome, as most patients have an array of other somatic complaints. Nearly all fibromyalgia patients have severe fatigue, poor sleep, and post-exertional pain. Other symptoms include: tension type headaches, cold intolerance, dry mouth, unexplained bruising, poor memory and concentration, fluid retention, chest pain, jaw pain, dyspnea, dizziness, abdominal pain, paresthesia, and low grade depression and anxiety. Some symptoms relate to specific syndromes whose prevalence appears to be increased; these include: irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder syndrome, migraine, premenstrual syndrome, Raynaud’s and restless leg syndrome.”
How can MELT help? While MELT cannot ‘cure’ fibromyalgia, its unique way to calm the body’s stress response can assist in alleviating some of the symptoms above. People who MELT regularly often report improved sleep and better digestion, greater body awareness and better posture and body alignment. After a MELT session, people often tell me that they feel that they just had a massage, and this feeling of well-being makes movement easier and more enjoyable.
People who suffer from fibromyalgia often use an array of modalities to deal with the condition, and MELT can be one part of the overall management.
I will have a workshop at my studio on November 3.