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Integrity Chiropractor Introduces Neuromuscular Massage for Fibromyalgia

Neuromuscular massage with Dr. Jodi L. Kennedy

Integrity Chiropractic, in Mahopac, is now offering relief from fibromyalgia through neuromuscular massage, says owner and chiropractor Dr. Jodi Kennedy. Characterized by widespread body pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia affects about 2 percent of American adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. While medical scientists have not established a clear cause for this chronic condition, Kennedy says neuromuscular massage provides a wide variety of benefits for fibromyalgia sufferers, including decreased pain and tightness as well as improved strength and range of motion.
    Neuromuscular massage is a highly effective noninvasive technique for easing symptoms, she says. It involves stretching the muscle fibers in specific directions to neurologically “turn down” tight, over-contracting muscles and “turn up” weak, under-contracting ones.
    “Fibromyalgia points often coincide with areas of myogelosis, or gelling within the muscle,” she says. “As a result of this thickening, the muscle can’t properly contract for strength or relax for comfort. This creates a negative, cascading effect. Over time, the patient develops more and more painful points throughout their body. Many patients with chronic fibromyalgia symptoms who haven’t responded to other forms of therapy are experiencing significant relief with the addition of neuromuscular massage.”
    Neuromuscular massage therapy can address a broad range of problems, she adds. “This simple technique can be taught to patients and used on other regions of the body to decrease discomfort and improve flexibility.”

Location: Integrity Chiropractic, 11 Miller Rd. (Gorman Professional Park), Mahopac, NY. For a free 20-minute consultation, call 845.628.7233 or visit