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Some of the most common issues that chiropractic patients are looking for relief from are fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sciatica. Below is a listing of these syndromes and the benefit massage has in providing relief to the patients who have to live with the pain and discomfort on a daily basis.


According to WebMD, fibromyalgia is defined as “a non-life-threatening, chronic disorder of the muscles and related soft tissue, including ligaments and tendons.  Its main symptoms are muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tender points at certain parts of the body.” Although there are few treatments available for fibromyalgia, massage has been known to provide relief to patients suffering with fibromyalgia.

Massage and fibromyalgia:

According to, “Massage therapy is actually one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia pain and fatigue. In fact, in a survey completed by fibromyalgia sufferers, massage therapy was rated the best fibromyalgia treatment option by an overwhelming margin.” Again, according to, massage therapy benefits include the following:

increased blood circulation to the muscles, allowing for faster muscle repair increased flexibility increased range of motion decreased stress and depression reduced pain reduced stiffness improved sleep patterns also references a 1996 study in which, “fibromyalgia sufferers reported a 38% decrease in pain symptoms after receiving just ten, 30 minute massage sessions. They also reported a significant decrease in their sleep difficulties: they began sleeping for longer periods at a time and were disturbed less by sleep disorders.”(

Dr. Curtis Wright of Cadillac, Michigan, uses massage “for woman with fibromyalgia and elderly with arthritis” and finds it brings both sufferers relief from their condition.


According to, “Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of every three Americans (an estimated 70 million people) is affected by one of the more than 100 types of arthritis.” (

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

According to, “Rheumatoid arthritis can be one of the most disabling types of arthritis. Its course varies, from a few symptoms to severe and painful deformities.”

Massage and rheumatoid arthritis

Although there is no actual cure for arthritis, massage can help to bring relief to those who suffer from this painful syndrome. According to, massage promotes detoxification by helping the body to flush out toxins, which accumulate rapidly in the arthritic body, and thus helps to prevent the buildup of the acid capsule that contributes to wearing away the joints.


According to, sciatica is a painful condition which occurs when “a disc has protruded from its normal position in the vertebral column and is putting pressure on the reticular nerve (nerve root) in the lower back, which forms part of the sciatic nerve.” Some of the symptoms of sciatica include pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting, burning or tingling down the leg, weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot, a constant pain on one side of the rear, a shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up, some low back pain (

Massage for Sciatica

Again, although there is no fail-proof cure for sciatica, massage is one treatment that may help alleviate the pain and discomfort from sciatica. For instance, according to, “massage is a recommended form of therapy, especially if the sciatic pain arises from muscle spasm.”

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