Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that brings many clients to massage therapy. Fibromyalgia is characterized by generalized pain, joint rigidity, intense fatigue, sleep alterations, headache, spastic colon, craniomandibular dysfunction, anxiety and depression. Several studies have shown massage and other touch therapies relieve fibromyalgia patients’ pain, improve sleep and alleviates anxiety.

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12. Massage therapists can use the day to educate potential clients about the benefits of massage.

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