Massage for Complex Pain Conditions
Examples include rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, disorders of the bowel, cancer
My approach to clients with complex pain conditions is to firstly invest time in understanding their personal journey. It is often one that twists and turns and is full of change and the need to adjust and explore how to manage not only the condition, but life and it’s stresses.
Massage is an excellent tool to support mental health and help clients establish some time for themselves, with the aim to relieve some of their symptoms, such as feelings of stiffness, stress, low mood and fatigue.
I seek to create a safe environment, and I say this because sometimes clients have reduced mobility and possibly some guarding of certain movements that they find painful, or perhaps they’ve just not had a massage before. It’s hugely important that clients feel listened to and safe, so they can relax their body and enjoy the moment.
I use a considered and listening touch, and encourage an open dialogue, particularly during the first treatment, to ensure the speed and pressure of movement is comfortable, as everyone is different.
It’s also important to align expectations. Even if clients have tried massage before and it didn’t work, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for it. Perhaps there is a need for exploration and giving it some time to take effect, because the body is very complex. So reviewing and discussing progress in each session is valuable, to ensure the massage is effective.