Massage Therapy Is a Gift that Counters My Fibromyalgia Pain

Massage Therapy Is a Gift that Counters My Fibromyalgia Pain
In retrospect, I can’t imagine why it took me so long to give massage therapy serious consideration. After all, I tried acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, chiropractic, and other alternative therapies many times over the years. I’m not saying I never had a massage. In truth, I've had quite a few over the years. Each was a luxury — call it a gift to myself in an effort to feel better overall. Most served their purpose, if only for a short while. But none was in any way curative. In fact, I had a couple that were quite painful, as the therapist was unfamiliar with fibromyalgia and a bit too aggressive. Also, because my health insurance didn't cover massage therapy, it was way too expensive to consider doing regularly. In desperation, I recently followed the recommendation of several satisfied customers and tried a local massage therapist. After extensive training and certification in the United States, this woman honed her skill by being treated and instructed by a blind massage therapist in the mountains of Peru. I'm certain that whatever she learned there was unknown by any massage therapist I've seen in the past. Expecting little, I went to my first appointment, hoping for any improvement and feeling that I had nothing to lose. Extreme neck and head pain as well as cervical muscle spasms had dominated my life for the past several months. I couldn’t imaging feeling worse. Much to my surprise, this therapist found the source of my head and neck pain almost immediately. It was in an area I’d not allowed anyone to touch for decades, claiming it was painful and arthritic
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