Fibromyalgia...It's All In Your Head?
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a chronic condition causing pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints.
It is also characterised by restless sleep, tiredness, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel functions.
However, beginning in 2013, researches began to get better handle on the disorder noticing some of the biochemical, metabolic, and immunoregulatory abnormalities associated with fibromyalgia.
The good news is that advances in technology and increase funding are stimulating new lines of inquiry. The bad news is researches remain divided to the genesis and treatment of the disease.
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common diseases affecting the body with pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints.
The painful tissues involved are not accompanied by tissue inflammation therefore, despite potentially disabling body pain; patients with fibromyalgia do not develop tissue damage or deformity.
The pain of fibromyalgia is generally widespread, involving both sides of the body. Pain usually affects the neck, buttocks, shoulders, arms, the upper back, and the chest.
A pilot study by researches from Indiana University found that whole-body vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms and improve quality of life.
The finding is promising but not quite clear whether those improvements were the results of added vibration or just the effects of being more active.
Stress can cause flare-ups therefore the first line of defence for preventing and relieving basic fibromylagia symptoms should be body therapy and exercise. As with many chronic diseases, treatments should be focused on regular maintenance instead of treatment of a single episode.
Even through fibromyalgia pain mainly manifests in specific areas, the focus of the manual treatment should be on restoring whole body mobility and function to calm Central Nervous Systems hyperactivity and lower sympathetic tone.
Standard massage techniques can help desensitise overexcited neuroreceptors however, slow deep tissue techniques that incorporate active client movements add therapeutic power by calming pain generating joints.
Together with gentle exercises like walking for 20 minutes or more beefs up the body's supply of endorphins, natural pain-dampening and sleep deepening substance.
Exercise increase levels of serotonin and growth hormones, and these are the exact pain-reducing, muscle-repair hormones that people with fibromyalgia lack.
It is in the sufferers best interest to immediately begin routinely scheduled body work sessions in conjunction with specialised exercise regime.