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Fibromyalgia - Signs and Symptoms

  

 

Fibromyalgia is a very debilitating and often misunderstood condition. 

Because there is no single test for it, and there are no outward physical signs of the illness, it can be difficult to diagnose.  A final diagnosis can only be made following analysis of the symptoms experienced and all other conditions being ruled out.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia are many and varied, but three of the central problems are; chronic pain (hypersensitivity to pain), chronic fatigue and cognitive dysfunction.  Sleep disturbances can be expected which compounds the chronic fatigue.

Muscular tension, waking with stiff and sore muscles, digestive disorders, and recurrent headaches may all be experienced by the person with fibromyalgia.

Here, Maureen Abson LMT, shows how massage can relieve some of those symptoms.

 

 

 

 

Massage for Fibromyalgia - Maureen Abson

 

 

 

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Scraping, a manual, ancient practice where pain points are worked with a gua sha (smooth-edged tool), reportedly increases blood flow by up to 400 per cent more than foam rolling and massage guns. By breaking up old, damaged blood vessels to promote new growth and healing, these tools are useful for getting into the nooks and crannies of a pain point, especially in delicate areas like along the shin muscles and under the foot.

Tim Tian has taken the scraper idea and supercharged it, creating a manual, triangular tool that blends heat and vibration therapy. “Cold blades stiffen muscles, blocking a deep release,” he says.

The heated scraper device takes just three seconds to reach 50ºC. This helps muscles soften, making it easier to massage away tension, increase blood flow and promote healing. The scraper is specially great for alleviating delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in the quads, and provides a relaxing switch-up from the foam roller slog.