Shortly after I was diagnosed with my fibromyalgia my doctor recommended I try a massage. I went to a local fancy spa and salon and had the most miserable time. It was a nightmare.
Despite telling the lady multiple times that I was super sensitive and asking her to ease up at least as many times, I left in tears. Maybe the tears didn’t start until we left the spa. I can’t remember. But you get the point. I hated it and my mom felt awful for making me the appointment. All-in-all I swore I’d never get another massage.
About a decade later I finally changed my mind. I sit at a desk nearly all day and my back and shoulders get stiff. I favor one hip so my lower back gets tense. My ribs and sternum (or clavicle) seem to pop at will, leaving knots along my back and chest. Every time I visit Dr. Delilah she recommends I get a massage (not as strongly as she recommends the same for Daniel). She has massage therapists in her office who I hear raved about. And she was willing to brief them on my conditions. I could not say no.
I tried to convince myself I was only doing it so Daniel would, but (to be honest) I was excited. We scheduled appointments at the same time for the Saturday before his school came back from break, January 3. “What a great and relaxing way for him to prepare for another semester teaching, and another semester of grad school,” I thought. “He’ll love that.” Little did I know I would too…
Thank goodness Delilah talked me into it. I am a new and huge fan of massages. Especially from folks who understand fibromyalgia. I feel more relaxed and painfree (in the fibro sort of way) than I have in more than a decade. My joints aren’t swollen (like after the last massage). And my sinuses are even draining (bizarre). Although the true test(s) will be how I feel a day and a week from now, I am pretty convinced massages will be part of my ever-evolving treatment plan. As will my Rhapsody Bed. But we’ll talk more about that later.
So fibrofolks, tell me about your massage experiences. Do they help with your fibromyalgia symptoms? Do they relieve or reduce your chronic pain?