Fibromyalgia is a syndrome—a set of symptoms that occur together but do not
have a known cause. This disorder is characterized by chronic muscular pain:
Its most unique feature is the existence of “tender points.” These are spots
that hurt with increased intensity when pressure is applied. Many other
symptoms may accompany this disorder such as: chronic headaches,
insomnia-which leads to fatigue and general tiredness, irritable bowel
syndrome, TMJ syndrome, PMS, anxiety, dizziness and impaired memory.
This disorder affects approximately 2% of both men and women globally; however it is more prevalent in females. Though onset of fibromyalgia may be at any age, it is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Diagnosis is based on presence of distinct tender points throughout the entire body with associated pain lasting more than three months.
Conventional treatment of fibromyalgia focuses on medications to relieve a multitude of symptoms. Analgesic and non steroid anti inflammatory drugs are used to relieve pain. Different classes of antidepressants are incorporated into the treatment program depending on individual tolerance and reactions. Doctors often prescribe medications for specific symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. The FDA has approved a medication specific for fibromyalgia and other drugs are being tested and researched.
Alternative methods for the treatment of fibromyalgia include:
Acupuncture, Biofeedback, Chiropractic care, Hypnosis, Magnesium supplements, Magnet therapy, Massage therapy, SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine), and Tai chi.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as one whole integrated entity, with different organ systems. In Chinese theory the organs constitute not only the physical structure but also include the emotions, color, temperature, sensory and energy. In addition, qi or energy flows through pathways called meridians that course through the body connecting all the organ systems. So when certain symptoms are exhibited by an individual it reflects an imbalance in an organ and its corresponding flow of qi.
Fibromyalgia exhibits a certain pattern of signs and symptoms that enables the practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to focus on the status of the flow of qi. The Liver Qi stagnation will cause mental upset and that is what the acupuncturist will concentrate on initially. TCM regard fibromyalgia as a stress related condition and therefore the first goal of treatment is to relax the mind and then the body. By treating the liver stagnation via its corresponding acupuncture points, one of the main causes of fibromyalgia can be addressed. Other areas of qi stagnation with resulting symptoms will be attended to utilizing acupuncture at specific meridian points.
Fibromyalgia has been shown by scientific research to be alleviated by acupuncture. Results of the studies conducted by highly reputable medical establishments and universities demonstrated not only pain relief but significantly improved anxiety and fatigue symptoms. Unlike medications, acupuncture treatments did not produce any side effects.
Dr. Elisha expertly utilizes acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment program for fibromyalgia. The holistic approach includes a diet and exercise plan as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies. Let Dr Elisha alleviate your pain, promote a better sleep pattern, and help you relax and feel generally better.
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