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Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Description: Fibromyalgia is a "syndrome" because is doesn't have one specific organic cause. But it is very real! Doctors can now diagnose it, and specific physiologic changes in the body are measurable. While the underlying cause or causes of FMS still remain a mystery, most researchers agree that FM is a disorder of central processing with neuroendocrine/neurotransmitter dysregulation. The FM patient experiences pain amplification due to abnormal sensory processing in the central nervous system.

Complementary therapies can be very beneficial. These include: physical therapy, therapeutic massage, myofascial release therapy, water therapy, light aerobics, acupressure, acupuncture, yoga, relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, aromatherapy, cognitive therapy, biofeedback, herbs, nutritional supplements, and osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation.

Spiritual interventions rated highest patient satisfaction

A study in Arthritis Care and Research journal (1996)studied the use of alternative medicine in fibromyalgia syndrome. The objective was to examine the prevalence, extent, cost, and satisfaction with use of alternative medicine practices by patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), compared to control rheumatology patients, by an interview. Among the findings, patient satisfaction ratings were highest for spiritual interventions. The conclusions suggest alternative medicine practices were currently being used by almost all FMS patients. This observation might indicate that traditional medical therapies are inadequate in providing symptomatic relief to FMS patients.

Massage Therapy

Research shows massage therapy to be an effective approach to treating FMS. The two keys to massage for fibromyalgia are neuromuscular re-education and gentle, Swedish-type massage techniques. The key is to go at your own pace. Besides relaxing tight, sore muscles and improving circulation so your muscles can heal, massage can help symptoms of fatigue, indigestion, depression, tmj, and more.

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