Myotherapy and Shiatsu For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Jacinta's Experiences

by Jacinta
(Melbourne, Australia)

I have tried Shiatsu and Myotherapy to help ease my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms. This is my personal review...

One of my earliest and most consistently problematic symptoms has been chronic muscle pain in my upper back and neck.

For those who aren't sure, Shiatsu is a form of Japanese acupressure massage. It is based on the belief that the body comprises energy points which can become blocked or leak energy. This is directly related to your emotions as emotional instability or issues that are believed to be linked to your energy points and chakras.

Before the severe onset of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I found that Shiatsu was highly beneficial in balancing myself emotionally and ridding myself of the severe depression that I was experiencing.

Unfortunately though I did not find that it really alleviated my muscle pain. The pain is so deep, and of course linked to my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, that the massage made very little difference whatsoever, in fact sometimes it aggravated it.

I have also tried Myotherapy which, as I understand it, is basically muscle therapy. Myotherapy is based on really working the muscles on a deep level. From what I understand it is a purely physical therapy. First of all, I found that it was VERY painful. If you have a low threshold for pain you will hate it. The therapist worked on my back but particularly worked on the glands under my armpits (this was the intensely painful part).

Myotherapy did give me some relief from the muscle pain which lasted a few days at most. However the therapy brought on quite a severe crash and caused me to relapse and lose the progress I had made in my energy levels. I personally would not recommend it for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I have been getting Shiatsu massages for just over a year and a half, but I have also recently given up the Shiatsu too. I personally began to feel that it wasn't helping that much and I believe that it has triggered crashes as well.

I would, however, recommend Shiatsu, particularly for those who are having a hard time emotionally, but research your therapist, talk to them and make sure they understand Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (preferably find someone who has worked with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers a few times before). Also make sure that the massage is not too intense - your body needs to be treated as gently as possible.

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Myotherapy and Shiatsu For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Jacinta's Experiences

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Response to Jen
by: Jacinta

Hi Jen,

That's interesting to hear of your experience. That certainly would have been good to know at the time. I guess that has been one of the main problems for me - finding someone who has a detailed knowledge of CFS and how to treat it in their chosen field.

Thanks for your comments.


Myotherapy? Or Myofascial Release Therapy?
by: Jen

Not sure if it's the same thing, but I had a course of treatment over a couple of months when I was doing pretty badly.

In my opinion, the main thing to make sure they understand they have to start out gently & slowly. The main thing the patient needs to remember, is that this therapy releases toxins into our bodies like crazy. So you have to drink a tonne of water right afterwards or you can become bedridden, headachey, nauseous, and indeed feel like you are crashing. After the first few times, I believe this will subside.

I do remember have tears in my eyes from the pain at one point. But it was well worth it overall. It freed me of my migraine-like tension headaches, loosened up my trapezius, got me sleeping better and rid of my cane and able to start an exercise program.

I'd say the practitioner definitely must be used to working with Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients to be on the safe side.

Fits with my experience.
by: Phillipa

Prior to coming down with CFS I had found that massage was really helpful with both depression and the back and neck problems that I had.

I have tried it once since I have been suffering from major CFS symptoms. My body liked it still, but I crashed because of it and broke off before the 6 sessions were completed, despite opting for very reduced intensity.

I can not say how much of this was the massage itself, and how much was the effort of doctors visits to get a prescription, then deciding about and making appointments and getting there and then back home afterwards and having to cope with life with very little support at the same time.

Had I got the money and full time support to have private home visits, possibly reduce the intensity even further, and really do absolutely nothing lying down in a dark room for a sustained period after the massage I do not know what might have ensued.

A Rare Insight Into Shiatsu & Myotherapy For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
by: Anonymous

What an interesting review! I personally had never considered trying Shiatsu or Myotherapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

This is what I love about these reviews - it truly does open doors for others to consider.

I found it truly interesting to read how well the Shiatsu helped you emotionally. Fascinating stuff!

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences Jacinta!


P.S. I'm sure you've looked into it, but thought I'd mention it here in case others are not aware...

Fibromyalgia and ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are thought by some to be at opposite ends of a spectrum, sharing overlapping symptoms. So if you are experiencing substantial pain, it may well be worth looking into whether you also have Fibromyalgia.



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