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Can a massage help chronic pain sufferers?

chronic pain reliefWhile chronic pain comes from many sources, the two most common conditions behind chronic pain are arthritis and fibromyalgia. Thankfully, massage therapy positively impacts both. 

Massage therapy improves the quality of life for chronic pain sufferers by improving mood and providing pain management. A toolbox of strategies for pain relief is essential to sufferers and massage is a powerful tool for both mind and body relaxation. For Fibromyalgia, massage reduces stiffness and improves physical function and range of motion. For those with arthritis, pain is lessoned, and functionality is improved. 

There are some of benefits to massage for the management of chronic pain, including:

  • Increased serotonin - the body’s natural pain reliever
  • Naturally deepened sleep - resulting in less pain
  • Increased range of motion
  • Lowered anxiety and improved mood