Fibromyalgia is the western diagnosis for many cases of unexplained pain. The pain may be in the neck and shoulder area only or be in several parts of the body. Usually the muscles and joints are most affected. Fibromyalgia pain can be accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue, poor sleep, foggy headedness, poor memory, and depression or other mood issues.
Most patients with fibromyalgia seek out alternative treatments due to the limited effectiveness of conventional treatments. Acupuncture is one of the best treatment options because it can treat all of the various symptoms of fibromyalgia. Acupuncture patients report improved emotional health, better sleep, more energy, as well as pain relief. Acupuncture treatments have none of the potential side effects of conventional medications. The style of Acupuncture used at Orlando Acupuncture is especially good for fibromyalgia patients because it is very gentle who tend to be very sensitive patients.
Some researchers believe that fibromyalgia is due to changes in the way that the brain processes pain signals. Some believe that it is due to changes in the fascia, the thin layer that surrounds all muscles and organs in the body. While others believe that fibromyalgia symptoms are caused by metabolic changes in the muscles due to long term stress or overuse.
According to the American College of Rheumatology, fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder in the United States behind arthritis. While some organizations put the number of Americans suffering from fibromyalgia at three million, other sources believe the number is much higher – perhaps eight or nine million. Symptoms often begin after physical trauma such as surgery, injury, or infection, or after psychological or emotional stress. Fibromyalgia symptoms can come on gradually over time or begin all at once.
A study published in the June 2006 edition of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows that acupuncture can relieve not just fibromyalgia pain, but fatigue and anxiety as well. Patients reported that the improvements lasted for up to seven months after the treatment. This study was also presented last year at the 11th World Congress on Pain. The authors’ conclusion was that, ” …acupuncture significantly improved symptoms of fibromyalgia.”
Research published in Clinical Rheumatology also concludes that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of fibromyalgia. And in a study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimore), researchers conclude that “real acupuncture is more effective than sham acupuncture for improving symptoms of patients with fibromyalgia. The 1997 National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, cited fibromyalgia as one of dozens of conditions for which acupuncture could be “useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program.”
If you think that you might be suffering from fibromyalgia I urge you to come to Orlando Acupuncture for a Free Consultation appointment to see if acupuncture can improve your health and reduce your pain and other symptoms. We have helped thousands of patients in Orlando with many types of pain and other conditions. We want to help you to, “Feel Better, Today!”