It is estimated that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans age 18 or older, and between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women. However, men and children also can have the disorder. Most people are diagnosed during middle age.
Fibromyalgia is a pain syndrome affecting the soft tissues and often involves sleep disturbances, tenderness at specific points, muscle pain, fatigue and depression. A literal translation of the term is pain of the muscles and fibrous tissues. Other associated symptoms can include lack of cognitive function, fatigue, depression, insomnia, joint stiffness, and a disruption of normal bodily functions.
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.
In fact, a study published in Clinical Rheumatology concludes that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. The researchers concluded that acupuncture demonstrates definitive “beneficial effects” in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Other research performed at the prestigious Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester concluded that acupuncture is effective in treating fibromyalgia and showed specific efficaciousness in its ability to reduce pain, fatigue and anxiety.
Acupuncture treatments are painless, and gentle. Acupuncture will most likely not chase each tender spot, as there are too many! We will do a complete history, and evaluate the tongue and pulses as well. 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. We will also select individually appropriate point sites that will address the underlying causes. And yes, there will be immediate and quick improvements on the various symptom locations! Acupuncture has been proven to be an important and effective method for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome, and improves quality of life.
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Sources: An overview of systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine for fibromyalgia. Rohini Terry, Rachel Perry and Edzard Ernst. Clinical Rheumatology Volume 31, Number 1 (2012), 55-66, DOI: 10.1007/s10067-011-1783-5.
Mayo Clin Proc. 2006 Jun;81(6):749-57. Improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms with acupuncture: results of a randomized controlled trial. Martin DP, Sletten CD, Williams BA, Berger IH. Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota.