Fibromyalgia pain management
What is reflexology for fibromyalgia pain management?
We use reflexology for fibromyalgia pain management with some significant effects. Fibromyalgia is also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic long-term condition that causes you to feel amplified widespread pain. By using a specific form of reflexology to deal with nerve pain, we are, as a trained reflexologist, able to manage the painful chronic symptoms of this condition.
Although not a fatal condition, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition. This means that the symptoms of this condition are long term and in most cases, the symptoms are permanent. However, it is possible to reduce the severity of the symptoms experienced by the individual and therefore improve overall quality of life.
As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also experience the following symptoms?
*increased sensitivity to pain
*fatigue (extreme tiredness)
*problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”)—such as problems with *memory and concentration
*irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)—a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating
What causes fibromyalgia?
No-one yet knows what causes fibromyalgia, but the theory is it is a chemical imbalance in the brain which changes how our central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) processes the pain messages they carry around our bodies. It’s also suggested some have a genetic predisposition to the condition. Most times, the condition appears to be triggered by a physically or emotionally stressful event, such as
*an injury or infection
*having an operation
*the breakdown of a relationship
*the death of a loved one
What is the role of alternative therapies in treating people suffering from fibromyalgia?
There as been widespread anecdotal research on complementary and alternative therapies in giving relief from and treating fibromyalgia pain symptoms. We have had the same experience at Essential Feeling. We positively use nerve reflexology to help clients with their fibromyalgia pain management.
Massage therapy may also help to reduce your muscle tension, which eases the pain in both your muscles and soft tissue via trigger point therapy. This helps to improve your range of motion but doesn’t use direct contact on the area where you feel the pain. By moving around more, combined with the natural serotonin effects of a massage, reduces your overall pain. If you’d like to work this into your fibromyalgia pain management plan then rather than using the booking system below, please text us on 07941 668456 so we can ensure you book with the correct therapists.
What does reflexology for fibromyalgia do for pain management?
Reflexology for pain management is a specific form of reflexology that Karen, your reflexologist at Essential Feeling, has studied. She is certified in a branch of reflexology that concentrates on pain management specialists. It involves a modulated approach which includes using specific pressure points on your feet which relate to the nerves in your central nervous system to give management and pain relief for people suffering with conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Reflexology for fibromyalgia works acupressure points on your feet in the same way that standard reflexology does, but those acupressure points are more targeted to deal with pain.
If you’d like more research, then the Association of Reflexologists has a research paper, which concluded:
“Reflexology may help to decrease the experience of pain in patients with FM, however, since there were only six participants it cannot be transferred to other populations.
Since most of the benefits both in wellbeing and pain reduction occurred during the 6th to 8th weeks of treatment, it indicates that a prolonged period of treatment needs to take place before benefits are apparent.”
This ties in with the case studies we have seen at Essential Feeling.
What are the side effects of reflexology?
For 24 to 48 hours following your fibromyalgia reflexology session you may feel a little worse, but this clears to make people feel on top of the world, full of energy and rejuvenated. Unlike prescribed drugs, reflexology doesn’t have the associated risks of dependency or the nasty side-effects such as nausea, dizziness and lethargy.
I am on medication and am monitored by doctors. Will reflexology affect this?
As reflexologists, we aim to balance your body and help it heal itself. We can work with doctors, but rest assured that reflexology will not decrease the effectiveness of any prescribed medication that you are taking.
How long does it take to see results?
Everyone is different, but it only takes a few weeks to see some dramatic results in chronic pain relief – often less.
We ask that at the start of your sessions you commit to having one session per week for a minimum of 6 weeks.
How often should you get reflexology?
This is something that we’ll discuss with you in your session, but when you’re coming for a chronic pain issue such as fibromyalgia then we’re trying to give your body the tools it needs to fix itself faster than the debilitating condition has the time to take you backwards again. This means at first we need to see you weekly.
After the first few sessions, around 6, then we’ll be able to talk about how you’re feeling and when you think you’ll want to come again. After so many reflexology sessions you’ll be able to tell how much improved you are, how long the effects are lasting and make your own decisions on what is best for you. We will not pressure you into a treatment programme that isn’t right for you.
That said, you shouldn’t have reflexology for pain or any condition such as fibromyalgia more often than every few days because we need to give your body time to process through the waste that we emit during your last therapy session.
How long is my fibromyalgia pain session?
Your fibromyalgia reflexology session is anything up to an hour. If you would like a massage included, then please book this as a separate session. If you’d like to do this, it’s easier to text us on 07941 668456 rather than use the online booking system which will require you to book two different sessions which follow on from each other.
I’ve heard of reflexology for nerve pain. Is that what this is?
Yes. That is what Karen, your pain reflexologist, has trained in. By working with your central nervous system we balance it and prevent it from overloading and hyper responding.
Why would I not be able to have a reflexology treatment?
There is. We will send a form over email to you so you can complete this before you come along to your first session. You can either print this out and bring it with you to your appointment or complete the excel document and email it back beforehand. Either way, we’ll discuss this with you prior to your session to ensure we’re both on the same page. This form is confidential between you and your therapist.
Where will I have my treatment?
Your pain reflexology treatment will be in a comfortable, calm treatment room with soft lighting. We don’t come out for home visits.
What will happen during the fibromyalgia pain treatment?
During your pain reflexology session, you’ll sit in a reclining chair. You’ll remove your shoes and socks, and then we’ll wipe your feet. We’ll then work one foot and then another with our specialist reflexology nerve programme reinforcing particular areas of imbalance as we work.
How will I feel after fibromyalgia pain reflexology?
You’ll feel relaxed and then later on alive and have more energy than you have had in a long time. over time you should notice that you feel more confident doing the things that have been problems for you in the past – read our case study.
Reflexology is a safe and complementary treatment for working with a chronic pain condition like fibromyalgia (it does not replace medical treatment). If you are in any doubt at all, please consult with your fibromyalgia specialist prior to treatment.
1 hour treatments £60 per single hour £170 course of 3 treatments
1 ½ hour treatments £90 per single treatment
2 hour treatments £120 per two hours
If you’d like more information on fibromyalgia pain management, then UK Fibromyalgia is a UK based organisation that provides information to raise awareness of fibromyalgia and to provide information and support for those suffering from the condition. As well as resources about the condition, UK Fibromyalgia also provide a magazine (FaMily Magazine) for sufferers, an online forum with over 5000 users, lists of support groups, an e-newsletter, an FAQ telephone message service, resources to help the individual raise awareness about the condition, advice about benefits and legal advice.
To book a reflexology appointment for fibromyalgia pain management, please use the online booking form below.