Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder that is characterized by pain in the muscles and connective tissues. Other associated symptoms can include lack of cognitive function, fatigue, depression, insomnia, joint stiffness, and a disruption of normal bodily functions. Fibromyalgia has a female to male incidence ratio of about 9:1.
No definitive cause for Fibromyalgia has been diagnosed; however most medical experts cite stress, a hormone imbalance and psychological factors as the most likely causes. Maintaining a high level of fitness and a regular sleep regiment has been effective in lessoning the symptoms; in addition, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture are extremely helpful.
Acupuncture will most likely not chase each tender spot, as there are too many! After we do a complete history, and evaluate the tongue and pulses as well, we select individually appropriate point sites that will address the underlying causes. There will be immediate and quick improvements on the various symptom locations. That is encouraging right away. Here is an example where the pH is low in the body fluids, and will need to be raised (more alkaline) with the proper blend of mineral supplements. When the pH is better, the nerve endings don’t complain so quickly. The treatments are painless and gentle.
“One of the most common uses for acupuncture is in treating chronic pain. One analysis of the most robust studies available concluded that acupuncture has a clear effect in reducing chronic pain, more so than standard pain treatment.
Study participants receiving acupuncture reported an average 50 percent reduction in pain, compared to a 28 percent pain reduction for standard pain treatment without acupuncture.
Even fibromyalgia pain, which can be difficult to treat and is associated with sleep problems, fatigue and depression, may be improved.
In one study, 10 weeks of acupuncture decreased pain scores in fibromyalgia patients by an average of 41 percent, compared with 27 percent in those who received a sham procedure.
The pain relief lasted for at least 1 year, leading researchers to conclude, “ … [T]he use of individualized acupuncture in patients with fibromyalgia is recommended.” Acupuncture also appears to be a safe and effective treatment for relieving chronic pain in children.
In a study of 55 children with chronic pain, those who received eight acupuncture sessions (each lasting about 30 minutes) reported significant reductions in pain and improved quality of life.”
Chronic Body Pain
“I fell asleep during Acupuncture today. Very soothing and working well so far.” — Philip S., CT