Back in the good old days I used to be a Reflexologist and Indian Head Massager. Went to college after being kicked outa work to try and help my fibrofog. Anyway, I took an accredited course City & guilds Reflexology and VTC or something for the Indian Head. Both are good treatments for relieving a lot of neck and shoulder problems. Unfortunately I cant practice anymore, the old hands wont let me, but Indian Head especially if done with a properly trained therapist can be of great benefit.
For those of you who know what the treatment is pls go read someone elses blog, for those who dont read on!
The way I was trained was in gentle massage from the bra line (sorry men - armpits ) upwards to neck, this was across all the width of the back going backwards and forwards gently getting out the knots, stretching the muscles and allowing the blood to flow properly. Then up either side of the spine, out down the arms to the elbows, back to the back, up the neck gently to the bottom of the skull. From there there are gentle tappings, stretchings and massaging of the scalp, down to the ears, then across the face, doing lymph drainage and easing the sinuses finally down the front of the neck and then finishing with lymph draining into the armpits. At no stage should any of this hurt and if you weren't asleep by the time I'd finished then I considered i hadn't done a good job. Treatment should be approx 1hr.
Now I'm not saying this is everyones cup of tea, but just the gentleness of it, I know touch can sometimes be hard to bear but this is a different type of touch and done in tranquil surroundings (you dont need to go to a spa). However this is one hour of ME time and you might find it eases your muscles a bit. A lot of people said that having a treatment meant it was the only time they had a decent nights sleep. I cannot claim this will cure the Fibro it wont. I cant claim it will work for you, but having seen so many blogs and questions about necks and shoulders surely it is worth a go. Please go to an accredited Therapist, be honest about your condition and how it affects you, they should do a medical history of you before treatment commences and you may get a healing crisis after (ie gets slightly worse for a day or so and then gets better), but as we all know gentle massage is good for the body and also the soul. You could try local colleges that run therapy courses, cut rate prices and all treatments are under strict supervision, plus its good for a therapist to do treatments on unhealthy (sorry everyone) people, it teaches them how to deal with a chronic pain issue, plus is educating them about FMS.
Sorry to have banged on about this and its not a hard sell but worth considering, if only for the ME time. I would welcome views on this, good and bad.