Fibromyalgia and other painful chronic conditions are different from the aches and pains and stress that are a part of everyday life.  These are conditions that people live with for most if not all of the rest of their lives.  At this time, there is no cure for most of these conditions, but there are ways to control and manage the pain. Many times, people are desperate for relief and feel as if there is nothing they can to do improve the quality of their lives.

Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal condition expressed in widespread pain and general tenderness over the entire body or in specific areas, such as low back, neck, gluteal area  and plantar fascia. Patients also suffer from tension headaches, fatigue, stiffness, depression, sleep disorders, grinding or clenching of teeth and sometimes digestive issues.  
Fibromyalgia and other Chronic Pain

Sandra L. Tompkins, MS LMBT NC#185  1011 Tunnel Rd. Ste 240 Asheville, NC 28805 (828) 231-3960

Fibromyalgia is a condition of pervasive low inflammation and also, it is believed, of the neurotransmission of pain signals to the brain.  The chronic physical pain contributes to the psychological component. The pain and fatigue cause some patient to want to stay in bed. Because it is often a diagnosis of elimination and is sometimes difficult, finally arriving at the point of diagnosis can be exhausting and discouraging. Often the diagnosis is made from a number of specific points on the body being tender. Fibromyalgia affects women much more frequently than men.  
There are many treatments for fibromyalgia, prescription and over the counter medications, improved diet and exercise, stress reduction, psychotherapy and physical treatments, such as massage.  Massage has been proven to be beneficial in a number of ways. Among them:
1.Improved circulation to the muscles.
2.Changes in body chemical balance.
3.Pain Reduction
4.Stress Relief
5.Improved sleep, both quantity and quality
6.Mental clarity

Massage is not a cure for fibromyalgia.  It is an effective component in the compete picture of a treatment plan.  It is a way to manage many of the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.  It is most effective when is received on an ongoing basis.  A variety of techniques may be used, Swedish massage, Neuromuscular, hot stones, various methods of stretching and energy work.  Every person experiences pain differently and each person has an individualized threshold of pain. Pain levels may fluctuate daily, particularly as weather conditions and life stresses change.  To maximize massage’s effectiveness, I ask that my clients communicate with me about pain levels.  

Other chronic pain conditions
There are many other reasons a client may experience chronic pain. Injuries that have lasting effects; problems with low back, neck or joints in the body, such as arthritis, and headache are some of the common ones I treat.  Again, it is often a condition that will be with a person for the rest of their life. As with Fibromyalgia, massage can help with symptoms and improve quality of life and is most effective with regularly scheduled sessions.   Various techniques can be employed and are individualized for each person.  
I have experience successfully treating these conditions.  I am happy to discuss your individual treatment with you and map out a plan that will best fit your needs.