Fibromyalgia is a condition that is characterized by chronic, widespread pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues, according to the Mayo Clinic.  It affects both men and women, however it is more common in women.  Fibromyalgia is idiopathic in nature (meaning there is no known cause).   Unfortunately, many other conditions are also idiopathic.  However, even if the cause is not known, there are measures that can be taken to help lessen the pain and discomfort associated with this sometimes debilitating condition. Exercise, relaxation and stress reduction are among some treatment options, with massage therapy being a highly recommended treatment option for the condition.  Massage cannot cure fibromyalgia, but it can help lessen pain and discomfort associated with it. 

For fibromyalgia sufferers, the medical massage therapy treatment protocol is to increase circulation, decrease pain, enhance relaxation and calm the nervous system.  Light to moderate massage techniques, diaphragmatic breathing, passive range of motion and light acupressure and shiatsu are some of the beneficial tools to help fibromyalgia patients.  Relief is here.