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Using massage and theraputic essential oils for fibromyalgia

The Alamogordo Daily News
Lynn Dragoun

 Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healthcare still in practice. A good massage therapist should concentrate on techniques that encourage circulation in the muscles, which increases the flow of nutrients and eliminates waste products. This is particularly beneficial for those with fibromyalgia as it can reduce heart rate, relax muscles, improve range of motion in joints and increase production of the body’s natural painkillers.

Because fibromyalgia causes pain and makes your body extremely sensitive to touch, open lines of communication are vital when it comes to how much pressure your muscles can endure during your session. You need to feel comfortable communicating with your massage therapist what your needs are for that session. You may feel some pain the day following a massage, but with regular sessions that will lessen, and you can always use cold compresses or an Epsom salts bath to help relieve it. Massage can be one of the few times that a fibromyalgia sufferer is able to totally relax, and with continued sessions it will take less time to get to that state.

When setting up an appointment be sure to ask the massage therapist if they are familiar with fibromyalgia, and how many clients they have that suffer from it. This will give you an idea of their expertise in this area.

Essential oils are aromatic liquids that are distilled from shrubs, flowers, roots, bushes, trees and seeds. Their chemistry is very complex and consisting of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. They are highly concentrated and more potent than dried herbs. Medical application of essential oils dates back to 4500 BC. There are over 200 references to aromatics (oils) throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. So we see that oils have been used for thousands of years in rituals and medical applications.

Fibromyalgia symptoms include widespread body pain, brain fog, depression, muscle tightness in neck and shoulders, along with interrupted sleep. 100 percent pure, therapeutic essential oils can help with all of these. You can inhale them, diffuse them, or use them topically on the body. There are areas on the body to apply essential oils that will actually reach every nerve in your body within 20 minutes.

I have personally found these oils to be quite powerful in reducing all of the above symptoms. If you decide to use therapeutic essential oils in your wellness regime, be sure to work with a professional trained in their use.

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