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Clinical Massage • Pain & Lymphedema Management • Myofascial / Trigger Point • Deep Tissue • Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
Fibromyalgia Massage

Does intense aches and chronic widespread persistent pain drain your energy? Non-invasive manual soft tissue therapy can provide symptom relief and soothing of the nervous system Start your relief process  Call 919.228.9559 By appointment • New Client Special & Hours • Open 7 Days a week

What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (FMS) - Also called fibrositis is an invisible illness - a disorder characterized by widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain and a cluster of other symptoms including anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, stiffness, and a variety of somatic complaints, typically accompanied by:

Fibromyalgia Pain - Medical Massage integrated with Manual Lymph Drainage MLD TherapyFibromyalgia signs and symptoms

  • Stiffness after rest
  • Poor stamina
  • Fatigue
  • Memory problems, “fibro fog”
  • Widespread pain
  • 11 to 18 tender points
  • Sensitivity amplification
  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Insufficient sleep

Fibromyalgia complications

  • Overlap with chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, migraines, etc.
  • Depression, anxiety disorders
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Massage therapy integrated with Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), as one of complementary and alternative treatments, has been widely used for Fibromyalgia (FM). Research shows positive evidence that massage therapy with duration ≥5 weeks had beneficial immediate effects on improving pain, anxiety, and depression in patients with FM. Massage therapy should be one of the viable complementary and alternative treatments for FM.

Fibromyalgia causes a distinct type of pain
Your fibromyalgia pain is different than pain you may experience from a headache or sprained ankle. That's because fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic widespread pain and tenderness. Your doctors routinely checks 18 Points - tender points on the body when it comes to diagnosing fibromyalgia. These 18 points (9 pairs) tend to be painful when pressed, and may spread pain to other body parts.

Location of Tender Points (see image above):

  • Back of the neck
  • Upper back
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Elbows
  • Front of the neck
  • Hips
  • Lower back
  • Knees

Fibromyalgia occurs more often in women than in men, and is not a disease, but rather a syndrome that can be managed - and Certified Medical Massage integrated with Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage for fibromyalgia patients is becoming more and more accepted practice for pain management. Fortunately, it is not life threatening and does not lead to muscle or joint damage. A research by NCBI indicates Massage therapy with duration ≥5 weeks had beneficial immediate effects on improving pain, anxiety, and depression in patients with Fibromyalgia. Massage therapy should be one of the viable complementary and alternative treatments for Fibromyalgia. More and more people are choosing Wake Medical Massage in Cary, NC for their fibromyalgia relief. Call us at 919.228.9559 to schedule your session.

Massage Therapy Medical Study for Fibromyalgia
"This study demonstrated that massage-myofascial release techniques improved pain and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia.

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Medical Massage Therapy Can Help!
Fibromyalgia is a soft tissue condition. By including Certified Medical Massage integrated with Certified Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Therapy in your care, you can expect to manage and improve your fibromyalgia symptoms. Deep work or aggressive overstretching is usually contraindicated for Fibromyalgia Syndrome,

Fibromyalgia is best treated using a multidisciplinary approach, and medical massage therapy can be a key part of healing, recovery, and management. Depending on your specific needs, our professional hands will customize your massage session with any or all of the following methods Call 919.228.9559 to start your relief:

Swedish Massage
Because stress is such a strong component of fibromyalgia, regular massages for relaxation and stress reduction can be beneficial to your program. Swedish massage is the foundation of training for most massage therapists. Its primary goals are to gently relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and restore the balance between mind and body.

Manual Lymph Drainage / Lymphatic Drainage Massage
The lymph system is the body's primary way of eliminating waste at the cellular level. When the lymph system is backed up, tissues can get bogged down and become irritated, inflamed, and swollen. Biochemical disturbances are a key factor in fibromyalgia, so restoring the mechanical function of the lymph system can be important. Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a specific form of therapy designed to improve circulation, remove waste, and reduce swelling in the tissues. It's often a good way to start a bodywork session.

Sensitivity to touch varies greatly for fibromyalgia patients. Some people respond well with deeper soft tissue manipulation, while others are sensitive to the lightest pressure. It's important that you establish good communications with your massage therapist so you can explain what feels comfortable to you and what doesn't. When you're in an acute flare-up, the bodywork is limited to more gentle techniques.


When you're feeling better, deeper work intended to eliminate trigger points or work on posture may be more appropriate. Partner with your therapist at Wake Medical Massage to find the best approach. You may be sore after a session. A moderate level of soreness can be expected, but should only last about forty-eight hours as your body adapts to the changes. If it lasts longer or is more severe, bodywork may be too aggressive or the session may be too long. Start out slowly, learn what works best for you, and let your therapist increase the time or intensity as you progress.

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Please Note: Massage therapy is not a cure all, a replacement for conventional care or other forms of medical care. If you have a medical condition and are unsure whether massage therapy would be appropriate for you, discuss your concerns with your health care provider. However, when used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, massage therapy can be a vital tool in increasing your quality of life.

You don't need referral for most conditions

Who can refer you to our therapy center:
Physician | Neurologist | Orthopedic, Vascular, & Plastic Surgeon | Podiatrist | Oncologist | Dentist | Chiropractor | Physical / Occupational Therapist | Nurse & Physician's Assistant

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