How STT helped my chronic illness


Katrina, Bridport – Chronic illness sufferer

“‏I went to see Lucie with a reoccurring back problem. I was reluctant at first as I have a lot of chronic illness (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia to name a few) but I had observed previously how great she was with my daughter at Somerset Centre of Excellence.
When I got there she was warm and welcoming and had obviously spent some time researching my conditions and was able to talk to me with compassion and intelligence.
She identified several things that were linked to my inactivity and I had various treatments during my sessions and was encouraged to to do simple exercises at home that didn’t aggravate my conditions.
I recommended her to everyone I know and, despite having to drive for over an hour to get there, would never use anyone else.”

Massage for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

Massage can bring a lot of benefits to fibromyalgia patients in terms of alleviating the pain and discomfort associated with the condition.

Massage therapy is the most widely used type of complementary and alternative medicine in hospitals because it reduces stress, helps relieve pain, decreases feelings of anxiety, and increases general overall well-being — all of which are great for people with fibromyalgia. Massage also releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.

Maximise your pain relief

Tip from the top Fibromyalgia specialists is to see your massage therapist often. Depending on the severity of a person’s fibromyalgia symptoms, they usually recommend he or she sees a therapist two times a week for four weeks to get the routine down. He says the frequency can then taper slowly to once a week and then once a month, and that it’s helpful if you can do some self-care on your own in between sessions. Self help exercises and routines will be given by your therapist and tailored to you.

Examples of therapies used in our sessions

Trigger point therapy

Fibromyalgia can be treated with a variety of massage techniques, but I personally like trigger point therapy the best. Trigger points are painful spots located in bands of muscle fibers, and people with fibromyalgia generally have more of them than people without the condition. Trigger point therapy involves deactivating trigger points using finger pressure. Once you are able to identify those painful points and apply the pressure needed, you can often have a good outcome in terms of fibromyalgia pain and discomfort management.

Myofascial release

Myofascial release involves applying gentle sustaining pressure into connective tissue. It helps eliminate fibromyalgia pain and restoration of motion by elongating muscle fibers.

Passive stretching

Passive stretching involves exerting an external force on a limb to move it into a new position. People with fibromyalgia often have very stiff joints because of the constant muscle spasms associated with the condition. By gently moving their arms and legs in the same direction, we can loosen up those muscles and joints.

Sports massage

Sports massage is most often used before or after an athletic event, but it can also benefit people with fibromyalgia. Sports massage can alleviate stress and tension that build up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. It reduces heart rate and blood pressure, increases circulation and lymph flow, improves flexibility, and can help relieve fibromyalgia pain.

If you think we can help you with pain relief from fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus or any other chronic pain contact us we would love to help you