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Fibromyalgia: Help Stop the Pain

Taught by Michelle Burns, BSN, BSAltMed, LMT, MTI

Michelle Burns is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.

Fibromyalgia: noun | Fibro = fibrous tissue including connective tissue such as tendons, ligaments and fascia My=muscles Algia=Pain Widespread pain in the muscles and connective tissues of the body.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that can severely impact a person’s ability to, not only enjoy life, but to participate in basic daily activities. This disorder more commonly affects women between 25 and 60. Roughly 12 million people (about 5% of the population) in the US are affected by this condition, over 90% are women. Fibromyalgia does not have a cure, so treatment consists of managing symptoms.

Massage therapy can be an ideal treatment for client who suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome to help alleviate the, often severe and debilitating, pain. By the time your client gets to you, they have usually been through a lot of practitioners and medical professionals and are exhausted and in pain. They may have waited years for the diagnosis and been told repeatedly “there is really nothing we can do.” They may not understand how, or even if, massage can help them and may be sensitive to touch and fearful it will only add to their pain.

Yet studies indicate that massage, done with skill and compassion, can significantly improve the clients sleep, decrease neck pain, decrease sensitivity to pain, increase mobility and flexibility, and enhance immune and glandular function.

Because fibromyalgia manifests different symptoms in each person, it is important to understand each person’s needs and create a treatment plan that supports their goals. This class is designed to give you the tools to accurately assess your clients needs and create a treatment plan that will provide the relief they are seeking.

You will learn:

  • What is Fibromyalgia
  • How is it similar and different from other chronic pain and neuromuscular disorders
  • The causes of fibromyalgia
  • Common symptoms and manifestation of fibromyalgia syndrome
  • Review of recent studies on the effects of bodywork and techniques
  • Refine tools of assessment to create a treatment plan
  • Discover strategies for relieving muscle tension and stiffness
  • Discover strategies for decreasing pain and sensitivity to pain
  • Identify self-care and client homework strategies for clients

Michelle Burns has been a massage therapist since 1992 and has focused her practice on working with medically compromised clients. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, she worked as a registered nurse and later, as a health recovery specialist. Michelle has studied with numerous well known therapists as well as body physiology specialists to provide her the tools to make a difference. She has been teaching for over 10 years and her classes are full of information and opportunities to explore. She currently has a massage and health recovery consulting business in Austin.


Course fee is $125     6 Hours

Payment Plan: $80 at registration; $45 one month before class starts