What do you need to know about fibromyalgia and massage?

If you’d love to have a massage but don’t know if your body can handle it, this post can help you make the best decision.

If you’re struggling with chronic pain and fatigue caused by fibromyalgia, a massage could be beneficial.

You don’t have to battle fibromyalgia symptoms constantly. There is a way to reduce what you’re feeling.

But is massage a good option? Find out by continuing to read.

Fibromyalgia and Massage: Is Massage Good For Fibromyalgia?

For my clients who suffer from fibromyalgia, massage can seem a bit scary, but it is so gentle and comforting. Many of my fibromyalgia clients report feeling so relaxed after each session. It also delights me to hear that their sleep improves, which also leads to reduction in pain.

When you live with chronic pain and sensitivity to touch, apprehension about having someone touch you is completely understandable. I’m here to put an end to that myth.

When people ask me if  massage good for fibromyalgia — my response is a resounding yes!

And it’s not just my opinion that brings me to that conclusion.

In fact, research shows that massage therapy produces a reduction in pain sensitivity in patients with Fibromyalgia. In one particular study, nine randomized controlled trials involving over 400 patients revealed a significant decrease in the patient’s pain, anxiety, and depression.

The study concluded that massage therapy, over 5 weeks, can have immediate positive effects on:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Additionally, massage therapy was found to be profoundly influential when administered to soft and connective tissues because it improves muscle flexibility and lymph circulation.

Even though more research is needed, these results are powerful.

Benefits of Therapeutic Massage for Symptoms

There is no one-size-fits-all-all to fibromyalgia and massage. I have found that lymphatic drainage massage is beneficial for my fibromyalgia patients in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane.

But you may be wondering what benefits you can expect from lymphatic massage.

Well, here’s what the research says:

  • Pain reduction
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Minimize tenderness
  • Minimize pain medication use
  • Reduced levels of cortisol
  • Reduced stiffness
  • Improved sleep patterns and quality of sleep

In my practice, I’ve also found that my clients enjoy an increased quality of life when they invest in regular, consistent lymphatic massage therapy practice.

My clients report a much more enjoyable life experience, enthusiasm for life, and overall improved mood and physical wellness.

Of course, it is important to find a massage therapist who is familiar with fibromyalgia and understands it. I have experience with this subject and have helped many clients suffering from the condition.

Best Massage Techniques for Fibromyalgia

What about the best massage techniques for fibromyalgia?

Studies show that lymph drainage may be adequate in clients with fibromyalgia. As I mentioned, I am very aware of these benefits and have seen them firsthand with my clients.

However, you might also want to consider some other types of massage or bodywork. Different therapies I recommend include:

  • Swedish massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Myofascial release
  • Acupuncture
  • Cranio Sacral therapy

Can massage make fibromyalgia worse?

Some of my clients ask if massage can make fibromyalgia worse. The reality is that it is possible due to a detox response. Lymphatic massage is so gentle yet profound in its effects. Oftentimes moving the toxins through the body can leave one feeling fatigued or even slightly nauseous for a few hours.  I absolutely recommend working with a therapist who has proven to help their clients with this condition.


If you have fibromyalgia, massage therapy can provide tremendous relief to your symptoms. With consistent massage, your symptoms may improve over time. I work closely with my clients to produce outstanding results and effective relief from chronic pain and sensitivity to touch.

Should you like to see what massage can do for you, reach out to me directly to schedule an appointment.

I will be happy to answer your questions and get you scheduled for a supportive lymphatic massage.

Contact me to learn more. I look forward to working with you on your healing journey!