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Massage for Pain Management

 Massage can be beneficial for all types of pain.  For a patient who lives with chronic pain, a Massage Therapist who is familiar with their medical conditions can ease their discomfort through appropriate massage.  A Massage Therapist can also help control pain by teaching relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, movement therapies and simple stretches. Lifestyle choices must be made to live a full and productive life.  Your Massage Therapist can be your best Life Coach in helping you be as pain free as possible.

The Oncology Nursing Society position on pain management states that all patients with cancer have a right to pain prevention and management and that all healthcare professionals are accountable for effective pain management (Oncology Nursing Society 2004) I interpret this statement from an Oncology Massage Therapist point of view; when non-drug treatment is a possibility for pain management, we can work as support staff to do all that we are trained to do to help minimize pain.

 Fibromyalgia patients live in constant pain.  It can affect their work, their family life, their ability to enjoy life to its fullest.  It usually takes from 3-5 years to get the correct diagnosis and during those years  patients go from doctor to doctor trying to discover why they hurt constantly, can’t sleep, have headaches, and an assortment of other physical ailments. It is quite frustrating for a patient to seek help from the medical community and also receive the support they need from their family. Patients in treatment for cancer, who are also fibromyalgia patients, can have a difficult time during treatment.  It is  very important to have conversations  with your physicians and describe your pain; where it is, how often you have it, when you don’t have pain and  what relieves your pain. Keeping a activity/pain journal can be very helpful to monitor pain.  Gentle exercise, along with massage, can also be a tremendous help to  patients who are willing to exercise slowly during  their treament.  Tai Chi, gentle yoga, The Lebed Method, water therapy all help with increasing circulation to the muscles, decreasing metabolic waste,  helping with balance, increasing flexibility, and most importantly reminding the patient of how good it feels to move their body with ease and less pain.

Fibromyalgia Websites:

National Fibromyalgia Research Association     

American Pain Foundation

The Chronic Pain Problem

Meditation and the Course of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Women with Fibromylgia experience more pain with routine mammograms

New Research about Fibromyalgia

Hysterectomy: Fibromyaglia and Surgery

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

Articles on Chronic Pain

Drug-Free Remedies for Chronic Pain-Scientist don’t always know why these alternative therapies make the hurting stop. But a growing body of evidence suggest they work.  By Loolwa Khazzoom  http://www.aarpmagazine.org/health/drug_free_remedies_chronic_pain.html


  Exercise Programs to Help Manage Pain:

Yoga for managing chronic pain of fibromyalgia 

Thriving as you survive fibromyalgia

Aquatic exercises may ease fibromyalgia

Explanation of Pain Caused by Chemotherapy, Radiation and Surgery:

Post Breast Therapy Pain Syndrome   

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Remedies that might help chemotherapy induced neuropathy   Will massages, acupuncture, or acupressure massages relieve symptoms of peripheral neuropathy??? Physician suggested, woman tested!  Artilcles mention self-help aids for patients suffering from chemotherapy induced peripheal neuropathy. As an oncology massage therapist I have seen improvement when patients are instructed how to self massage their hands, feet, arms and legs, appropriate stretches and the benefits of water therapy.

Breast Cancer-Treatment Side Effects

Breastcancer.org Can Taxol cause continuing pain?

Massage and Lymphedema  

The Facts of Pain Control

ACS-Nueral Pain

Pain Control-NCI

Experts on the chronic pain say too many pain sufferers in the United States are untreated or undertreated.  As someone who suffers from chronic pain, I understand how people who suffer quick asking for help, hate feeling that they are whiners and complainers and seek out other means of controlling pain.  Hopefully they turn to appropriate healthy lifestyle choices thay may help alleviate their pain; movement therapy, massage, acupuncture, breathwork and relaxation techniques.  None of these modalities will cure the pain, but they can help to control the pain.