Massage and Chronic Fatigue

Fatigue, also referred to as tiredness, exhaustion, lethargy, and listlessness, is a physical and/or mental state of being tired and weak. When somebody experiences physical fatigue, it impairs their ability to function at their normal levels of physical ability. Mental fatigue is characterized by feeling sleepy and being unable to concentrate properly.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness in which mental fatigue presents itself with often debilitating results, for periods of 6 months or more (3 months in children or adolescents. Fatigue is a common symptom in many illnesses, but CFS is comparatively rare.

Fatigue is something every person has experienced at one time or another.  Although common, it is not always a cause for concern since it often goes away after some rest and relaxation.

Massage is one of the most recommended types of alternative therapies to treat the symptoms of fatigue, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  It has proven beneficial and effective for some patients in minimizing anxiety and restlessness and in improving sleep quality.  Massage is also a good option for patients with CFS who are not well enough to exercise because physical manipulations of the skin and muscles help promote good circulation.

Another common massage technique used for the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is deep tissue massage.  Deep tissue session target muscle tissues located several layers below the skin surface.  Deep tissue massage is slower and involved increasing pressure to stimulate blood flow in soft tissues. It improves blood circulation and promotes proper lymphatic drainage.

So if you’re suffering from fatigue, tell your massage therapist.  They may be able to help with a session especially tuned to invigoration and overall blood and lymphatic flow.  The result could help with chronic fatigue.