Fibromyalgia is a pain condition that mostly affects women. It involves muscle pain and tenderness in multiple joints or areas of the body. The pain can be hard to treat with conventional medicine and is often chronic. It’s also often accompanied by fatigue, poor sleep, poor memory, and changes in mood.
Like all chronic pain conditions, it typically limits people’s ability to do the activities they love. Things like exercising, gardening, chasing after grandkids, and more.
Fibromyalgia is a functional disease. Functional diseases affect bodily processes but there is no sign of them under examination. On the outside everything looks normal but this doesn’t mean the symptoms are fake! It is very real, even though the causes are unclear.
What is clear, is that fibromyalgia often occurs after a traumatic event or as a result of long-term chronic stress or anxiety. Other risk factors include:
Western medicine may struggles to understand, diagnose and treat fibromyalgia, acupuncture can have an incredibly positive impact on this challenging condition.
As you probably know, I am particularly interested in illnesses that have a psychological origin and also how trauma manifests in our physical body. As a result, I have lots of experience of treating this condition and others like it and I know that acupuncture has made a big difference in how my patients feel both physically and mentally.
There have also been a number of trials on acupuncture and fibromyalgia which you can read about here.
According to Chinese Medicine there is often a disruption to the flow of energy in the Liver and Gall Bladder and I find treating these organs and their meridians to be particularly effective.
As with any chronic condition I would expect to see someone weekly to begin with, moving to ongoing monthly treatments to prevent symptoms from recurring.
If you or a loved one is struggling to manage your fibromyalgia, I would absolutely recommend giving acupuncture a try. It’s safe, typically has great treatment outcomes, and can allow you to get back to doing the everyday things you enjoy!