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Q: Do you work with people with other types of chronic pain from conditions other than fibromyalgia?
A: Yes, however, I specialize in working with people who suffer from post-stroke and other chronic neurological conditions, such as the pervasive pain and debilitating fatigue of fibromyalgia and ME-CFS. In order to work with a person with another chronic pain condition, I would need a written confirmation from their primary care practitioner that massage and bodywork are okay for their condition. The letter should include any concerns that the practitioner might have. I also require a lengthy initial consultation, after which I will determine if it would be a good fit for us to work together.
Q: Do you offer massage and bodywork to people who don’t have a chronic pain?
A: I generally don’t work with people unless they are directly or indirectly impacted by stroke and other chronic neurological conditions. This means that I also offer services for their caretakers/support partners.
Q: Do I have to have a doctor diagnose me with fibromyalgia?
A: No, not necessarily. Although for various reasons, not all people with fibromyalgia have been or are diagnosed, the work that I do is safe and generally not contraindicated. Aspects of fibromyalgia can be very subjective in nature and diagnosis generally occurs after a process of elimination in order to determine what other conditions exist, if any. Therefore, it is possible for us to work together even if you have not been formally diagnosed with fibromyalgia by an licensed healthcare provider. (Diagnosing medical conditions is outside the scope of my training and practice.) Nevertheless, if you suffer from chronic pain and believe the cause is fibromyalgia, I recommend contacting your primary healthcare provider, so that you can get the support you need from both conventional and alternative models of care. Regardless of your decision about whether or not to involve your PCP in your care, I require that all of my clients complete a very comprehensive consultation with me prior to the first session.
Q: Do you work with men?
A: Yes, but not generally. My practice is woman-centric and I work throughout the lifecycles of women who suffer from post-stroke and other chronic neurological conditions, such as the pervasive pain and debilitating fatigue of fibromyalgia and ME-CFS.
Q: I don’t tolerate touch very well. Will massage hurt me?
A: There are many types of massage and bodywork techniques. Myofascial Release (MFR) is one massage technique that has had good results for people suffering with fibromyalgia. Shiatsu, a primary form of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT), can be applied very lightly and even off the body with very good results. I am also trained in CranioSacral Balancing and am a master Usui Reiki practitioner. During our initial assessment, I will find out more information about your limitations with touch and will develop a plan of care around your needs and restrictions. Together, we will discover a means by which to get you the complementary mind and body therapies that will help you reach toward your health and wellness goals.