This syndrome has no known cause and no one cure. Diagnosis can be delayed as there are no lab tests and the symptoms overlap other conditions. There is widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness. Additionally there may be sleep disturbances, nerve irritation, stiffness, sensitivity to light, noise and temperature, and bowel and menstrual troubles. It is a chronic condition and the goal of treatment is pain management. A team approach is usually the best – with medications, dietary and lifestyle changes and therapeutic interventions like acupuncture and massage therapy. A massage therapy visit would focus on reducing muscle and joint stiffness as well as helping the client with nerve glide exercises when appropriate.
There are many other conditions commonly treated by massage therapy.