Fibromyalgia is benefited by massage therapy, and many people suffering from this condition seek out massage for relief of chronic pain and stiffness. New research suggests there is a high prevalence of fibromyalgia symptoms among otherwise healthy, full-term pregnant women.

Out of 100 women who participated in this study, 27 percent fulfilled the criteria for fibromyalgia.

According to the researchers, the intensity of pain during birth was not correlated with the presence of fibromyalgia.”

“Fibromyalgia symptoms were highly prevalent among healthy pregnant women at term,” the researchers noted. “The presence of such symptoms may impact on the course of delivery and the need for anesthesia. Evaluating for features of centrally mediated pain may be of clinical relevance for physicians involved in the treatment of pregnant women.”

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