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This group is dedicated to formulating a good knowledge base from which MT's can obtain a high level of understanding of  the condition and how best to treat the fibromyalgia client seeking their help.   

Location: World wide.
Members: 104
Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2015

The video above was created by a sufferer to convey just how complex and depressing the condition can be.

When a fibromyalgia client first visits you for treatment, it is vital to show empathy and understanding. This is due to the likelyhood she will have had an extreamly long and difficult journey in obtaining a diagnosis,  The double wammy, aggresive invisable pain, and not being believed by familly or medical profession because on the outside these clients look to be in ok health. In these cases support group information will be of help. =

Chronic Pain - Is it All in Their Head? - Daniel J. Clauw M.D. The video below is a presentation by Andrew Gross MD head of Rheumatology clinic at  the University of California. Massage Therapy gets very little mention in his presentation and exemplifies that MT is still struggling to get proper recognition for the help we can offer the fibromyalgia sufferer. The video does offer good insight into the possible causes and changes in the central nervous system which is well worth understanding.


An article by Eric Dalton

September/October's  by Cara McGuinnis

Thanks to Kelly Sanders for the facebook link!/groups/108380879231706/

Linked in Fibromyalgia research info.


Discussion Forum

” What type of massage therapy doctors should choose to refer their patience for treatments????

Hello members .On the February 2nd 2012 we witnessed a press release related massage therapy of extreme healing power.Massaging muscles may reduce inflammation, spur mitochondria formation. USA Today…Continue

Started by Boris Prilutsky Feb 13, 2012.

Is massage therapy recognized as an therapeutic /medical procedure???

Is  massage therapy recognized as an therapeutic /medical procedure???This link is to my article on this subject, where I am not only answering this question but also proposing practical steps.…Continue

Started by Boris Prilutsky Dec 11, 2011.

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Comment by Stephen Jeffrey on October 16, 2015 at 4:14am     Aug 2012


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a multidisciplinary treatment program in patients severely affected by fibromyalgia. Thirty-four fibromyalgia patients were randomly divided into two groups. The control group: 17 women who continued their medical treatment and participated in four educational sessions and the experimental group that included 17 patients who besides the former medical treatment also underwent a weekly 1-h session program for 8 weeks including massage therapy, ischemic pressure on the 18 tender points, aerobic exercise and thermal therapy. At the beginning of the program, there were no significant differences between the two groups in any of the parameters. At the end of treatment, there was a significant improvement in the experimental group in the following items: vitality, social functioning, grip strength and the 6-min walk test. At 1 month after the end of treatment, the experimental group showed significant differences in overall health perception, social functioning, grip strength and the 6-min walk test. At that time, considering the threshold for clinical efficacy set at an improvement of 30% or above for the analyzed variables, 25% of the patients met the requirement for improvement of the following: number of symptoms: Visual Analogic Scale for fatigue, Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire and Beck Anxiety Inventory. In conclusion, patients with severe manifestations of fibromyalgia can obtain improvement with a short-term, low-cost and simple-delivery multidisciplinary program. However, additional studies including higher numbers of patients are needed to confirm the beneficial effect of this treatment program.

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Comment by Gary W Addis, LMT on January 11, 2015 at 8:49pm

Stephen, a year or so ago i read a book co-authored by Devin Starlanyl and John Sharkey titled "Healing Through Trigger Point Therapy...A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction".  Their premise seems to be that FMS is due to ignored trigger points that soon breed more trigger points that breed more trigger points, etc.  Pretty soon, it hurts to even think a bout moving.  The pain overload eventually results in systemic sensitization.  In extreme FMS cases, even the touch of clothing on the skin hurts.

Now, this could be ludicrous.  But it pretty much describes the decade-long development of my sedentary sister in law's FMS. 

Comment by Stephen Jeffrey on January 11, 2015 at 4:19pm
Comment by Stephen Jeffrey on January 10, 2015 at 2:15am
Comment by Stephen Jeffrey on December 5, 2013 at 12:56pm

Multiple Studies, One Conclusion: Some Fibromyalgia Patients Show Peripheral Nerve Pathologies

Comment by Stephen Jeffrey on June 25, 2013 at 9:50am

Gary I used to really struggle to understand the scientific position on massage, articles etc untill I purchased Critical thinking skills via the great courses. $59 in the sale.

Take a look it really helped me

Comment by Stephen Jeffrey on June 25, 2013 at 9:45am

Hi Gary although this article has created lots of interest for the moment I would not make any changes to how you treat FM clients based on this paper. 

Those with suitable critical thinking skills are not impressed see below.

Diane Jacobs The hype around this is a bit much.

The study had very few subjects to make such a high-flying claim, and it seems to me, they were chosen quite carefully.. Pain Med, as a journal, I find tends to push for labelled-line straight-through pain explanations. Or, at least, it seems to let papers like that through without any objection at all. 
Someone asked me about it on another page. I replied, 

"I think it's very hyped. In order to say "pain from fibromyalgia comes from blood vessels in the hands" definitively, they would need a lot bigger sample, and a lot of "normal" people without fibromyalgia to compare them to. Then they would have to rule out the possibility that a bunch of so-called "normal" (without fibromyalgia) people ALSO had a lot of blood vessels in the skin of their hands. 

Comment by Gary W Addis, LMT on June 21, 2013 at 12:08am

So, Stephen, having just read the article, a question for you.  If the premise is true, would putting FM client's hands in gloves during the session aid or hinder the treatment? Your opinion, please? and after the session, based on the premise, what advice should be given the client for "homework"?


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