Massage For Chronic Pain Relief

Kelly demonstrates how she uses massage to relieve her chronic pain

ByABC News
December 2, 2008, 1:13 PM

— -- My name is Kelly Stanton. I'm 39 years old and I live with chronic pain due to fibromyalgia.

I've been living with chronic pain for about four years now. I've tried everything before the massage therapy; physical therapy -- I've tried both land and aquatic -- and while that might have felt good while I was doing it, it doesn't have the long term effects that massage therapy does.

I'd say massage therapy makes me feel better at least 24 hours, up to 48 hours after I have it.

I have really bad back pain -- lower, mid and upper. And I have a lot of joint pain and stiffness. When she's massaging my lower back specifically, it just eliminates the pain immediately.

I'd say that the sharpest pain I have is on my lower back and just having someone massage it the way she does is just phenomenal.

Half-way through I'm either falling asleep or there's been times where I actually felt like I was having an outer body experience; I could actually feel myself lifting above my body. And I have to say, it's probably the only time I'm 100 percent pain-free.