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Is Fibromyalgia Hiding in Your Fascia?

 Structura Body Therapies April 29, 2014
 
Dustin Hall, LMT, SIP
By Dustin Hall, LMT, SI, Structura Body Therapies

Fibromyalgia is described as a disorder resulting in hypersensitivity and musculoskeletal pain throughout the body. A sufferer of fibromyalgia may also experience fatigue, anxiety, depression, memory problems, and sleeplessness. There are numerous methods to deal with the pain associated with fibromyalgia, including medications and physical therapy; however, these treatments have proven unsuccessful in offering long-term results.

Studies have shown that fibromyalgia often occurs when the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds and protects every muscle, bone, organ, blood vessel, and cell in your body, adheres and creates restrictions throughout the body. Fascia is usually a fluid-like substance, which lubricates and allows for muscles, bones, and organs to move against each other with little to no restrictions. When the fascia is injured, it usually heals without any problems; however, sometimes the fascia does not heal correctly and will harden. This can cause restrictions surrounding more severe injuries. As these restrictions increase over time, they may cause hypersensitivity affecting the entire body. Since the fascia is a connected web from head to toe, a restriction in one area can pull and cause tension throughout the rest of the body.

More and more studies are showing that fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome sufferers are seeing good results with myofascial release techniques. Massage therapy has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and enhance quality of life. Therapists specially trained in myofascial release techniques, as well as structural physiotherapy and injury massage, can provide specialized treatment to release the damaged fascia, thereby releasing the restrictions throughout the body. Manipulating the fascia and releasing its layers allows increased range of motion, postural stability, increased mobility, and decreased pain.

Patients with fibromyalgia receiving myofascial release techniques have reported an increase in sleep and a reduction of anxiety and depression, as well as a steep decrease in the constant pain often associated with this disorder.

Don’t let fibromyalgia dictate how you live your life! Stop by to see how we can help unravel your fascia and help with your fibromyalgia symptoms today. Call to schedule your free consultation at 480-686-8647, or check us out online at www.structurachandleraz.com.

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 Structura Body Therapies| April 29, 2014

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