Fibromyalgia Natural Treatment – Rebalance Acupuncture Edmonton
Many people around the world suffer from Fibromyalgia, which is loosely defined as a collection of physical and mental symptoms. Fibromyalgia cannot be definitively diagnosed and sometimes it takes years before a diagnosis is reached. Western medicine has no actual treatment for the disease except for different combinations of painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications and psychiatric drugs. Natural treatment for Fibromyalgia can be a huge source of relief for individuals suffering from this condition.
People who come in for natural treatment for Fibromyalgia usually do so after months or years of misdiagnoses, drug treatments and psychiatric drugs. The message they often get from doctors and the internet is that fibromyalgia is an incurable disease. In short, they are told to learn to live with it and are driven to desperation. The purpose of this article is to show you that there are natural healing methods for Fibromyalgia, through which the illness can be overcome, and that there is hope.Let us start with some relevant explanations, and then review the natural healing methods for Fibromyalgia.
What is Fibromyalgia?
The meaning of the word Fibromyalgia is muscle pain, located in connective tissues and tendons. Fibromyalgia is defined as a syndrome (a set of signs) because it consists of a large number of symptoms. Those symptoms, coupled with complaints made by patients, are put together under the title “Fibromyalgia”.
There are no lab tests or clear medical examinations that can define the disease, so patients must go through long series of tests and an elimination process of other diseases until their Fibromyalgia is diagnosed.
The primary Fibromyalgia sign is pain across the body, which can migrate from one soft tissue to another. These soft tissues include muscles and tendons, but not bones (like in arthritis). Fibromyalgia patients experience sensitivity in various areas of the body – mostly in the main joints. It is a typical characteristic that helps to diagnose the illness. Other signs of fibromyalgia include chronic fatigue, energy depletion, sleep problems, headaches, bad moods, depression, anxiety, stress, digestion issues, neurological problems, urinary problems, and more.
Why is it so Difficult to Diagnose Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose because it doesn’t have a clear diagnosis evidence like a blood test or CT. Fibromyalgia, like chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome, are syndromes that consist of many symptoms.
To understand the difficulty faced by doctors who need to diagnose Fibromyalgia, let us look at an example. Suppose a person arrives at a clinic with a shoulder pain, knee pain, depression and fatigue. The patient can be really suffering from a ruptured shoulder tendon, meniscus inflammation, depression and fatigue, the fatigue might be medically linked to a certain vitamin deficiency.
So, the doctor refers the patient to a series of tests, like a shoulder X-ray, a knee ultrasound, psychiatric evaluation and blood tests. When all the tests come back negative, the doctor tells the patient that they are healthy. So, the patient goes back to their life, and sometimes – after a few weeks perhaps – the shoulder pain gets better, but a neck pain starts, or pain in the other knee. So, the patient returns to the doctor, and the doctor refers them again to a series of tests, and so a cycle of misdiagnosis begins.
Eventually the patient finds a doctor that examines their whole medical history, looks into all kinds of sensitivities in the body, and informs the patient that they might be suffering from Fibromyalgia. “Might be” – because the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is indefinite. There are currently no blood tests or medical scans that can definitively prove the existence of that condition.
Why is it Necessary to Diagnose Fibromyalgia?
Diagnosis is a curious thing. For doctors it is a way to determine what treatment to administer, but it is also significant for the patient. On the one hand, the patient wants his condition to be acknowledged – to know that they are not “making it up”. On the other hand, the diagnosis comes at a heavy price: they are now ill with something that modern medicine finds very difficult to treat. There are so many cases of people who come in for diagnosis feeling “healthy”, and after being diagnosed they start feeling worse and worse (like cancer patients). This is a dilemma that every doctor must deal with, and it is also very important how the diagnosis is presented to the patient.
If there is a specific treatment for a certain illness, the diagnosis is obviously important because it determines what kind of therapy is needed. From the perspective of natural medicine, it is possible to distinguish between patients who have already been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and have formed misconceptions regarding the incurability of the disease, and those who only have various symptoms and are more optimistic. It seems, though, that the recovery of the optimistic patients is simpler – a phenomenon that is true for any illness, especially Fibromyalgia.
So, one of the most important messages to the patient is to show them that there is hope by giving them examples of people who did it!
What is the cause of Fibromyalgia?
In Fibromyalgia, the patient’s perspective on the disease is very important due to the manner in which the illness develops. The development of fibromyalgia can be explained by natural therapy methods like Chinese medicine or Recall Healing, which connects the body and mind.
From a body mind perspective on Fibromyalgia; let us imagine a healthy person who starts suffering from body pain. That pain is instigated like any other pain – maybe as a result of muscle or tendon strain in a specific joint.
With people who will eventually develop Fibromyalgia, the pain would create the concern: “What would happen if the pain doesn’t go away?” That concern would create another pain in a different part of the body, which would in turn bring about fear: “I won’t be able to work.” The fear would then create a third kind of pain in a place that leads to another emotion, and that is how Fibromyalgia is developed. The human body basically accumulates a knot of negative emotions, different aches, tiredness, despair, depression and anxiety.
Successfully Treating Fibromyalgia
Success in treating Fibromyalgia means untying that knot. There are many natural treatment methods designed for that purpose, like acupuncture and Recall Healing, work by not just alleviating the pain but also by preventing the creation of the pain and the emotional circle. The secret to treating Fibromyalgia is a combination of methods that alleviate pain through working on the subconscious emotions. Even if the patient doesn’t engage some sort of treatment to clear the subconscious, but calm the patient treatment or therapy aimed at just calming and relaxing them, this can also contribute to and produce a naturally-occurring healing effect.
The role of the patient in this process is to relax and try their best not to create new emotional dramas. They are also required to keep their body active, but in such a way that does not give rise to pain, for example, water exercises, walking, Tai chi and so on. Painless movement reprograms the body and reestablishes the notion that not every movement is painful. After recovery it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in terms of nutrition, physical exercise and rest. Keeping the mind to be as calm as possible through practices such as meditation and guided imagery can also be helpful.
Natural Treatment for Fibromyalgia
There are many methods in alternative medicine that may help Fibromyalgia patients. Every method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and sometimes it is better to combine two methods or more to maximize the results.
It is also possible to start the Fibromyalgia natural treatment before a final diagnosis has been made, since every treatment method has its own way of diagnosing. This can save long weeks or months of unnecessary suffering.
We will now review the primary alternative ways to address Fibromyalgia.
Acupuncture as Fibromyalgia Treatment
Acupuncture can relieve much of the pain and inflammation, and also tend to the emotional state of the patient. However, the purpose of the therapy is always to treat the patient as deeply and effectively as possible – not simply to eliminate the symptoms. Therefore, the treatment must start with a diagnosis in order to find the source of the imbalance in the body.
Especially in conditions like Fibromyalgia, where there are a wide variety of symptoms; a deep diagnosis of the factors that have created and fueled the problem, will enable the acupuncturist to treat the various symptoms simultaneously. In spite of that, in cases where the discomfort is significant, our first priority would be to address the difficulties that disturb the patient: pain, fatigue, moods, etc. In the long run, however, the purpose of the therapy is to treat the source of the problem according to the principles of Chinese medicine, so that the symptoms do not return, or at least reappear in a much lower frequency and intensity.
Balance Method Acupuncture as a natural treatment for Fibromyalgia
The Balance Method is an acupuncture therapy that was introduced to the world by Dr. Tan. This method harnesses an old acupuncture technique, in which the unique combination of acupuncture points brings about inner balance to the body and faster recovery. Apart from the usual points that are used in regular acupuncture, there are additional acupuncture points that when stimulated, lead to faster, deeper results.
To treat fibromyalgia, there is a special method called “The Twelve Magical Points System”, which principally punctures all twelve meridians (energy channels) in the body. This method is well suited for fibromyalgia because Fibromyalgia symptoms are usually spread throughout the whole body and affect all the meridians. This kind of acupuncture may be combined with Chinese medicinal herb treatment when necessary, or with Tui na and shiatsu. Many studies indicate that acupuncture as a natural treatment for Fibromyalgia to be highly effective.
Case study of acupuncture treatment for Fibromyalgia
Christina arrived at the clinic with complaints about different pains in her joints,
which shifted every few days. She also complained about insomnia, great stress (which she said was the result of her demanding lifestyle), constipation, and more. All of these signs had started the previous year, following her father’s death.
The family doctor diagnosed Fibromyalgia and referred Christina to a long series of tests, which made her even more desperate and concerned about her condition. When she came to me, I diagnosed her according to Chinese medicine principles and found she was suffering from heat in the liver and kidney depletion. I gave her the appropriate medicinal herbs to reinforce her kidneys and relax the liver, and at the same time I treated her with Balance Method Acupuncture. Christina made a point of regularly coming for therapy, and diligently keeping the instructions I had given her.
She was treated twice a week with The Twelve Magical Points for Fibromyalgia, which is part of the Acupuncture Balance Method. Five sessions later she was doing better. Pain intensity decreased by more than fifty percent, and after twelve sessions the pain was all but gone and her mental state had improved. We started to decrease session frequency to once a week, and then to once a month for maintenance treatments and stress relief.
Read more about Balance Method Acupuncture
Recall Healing for Fibromyalgia
In Recall Healing we address the subconscious emotional causes that has created the Fibromyalgia. These causes can be found in the patient’s genetic lineage and life event history – especially in the time during their early childhood and when they were in their mother’s womb. In Recall Healing, Fibromyalgia is seen as an imbalance in muscle and nerve communication, resulting from emotional causes that are linked to family relationships (primarily between the parents).
Fibromyalgia is connected to a sense of incompetence and low self esteem in relation to the execution of certain activities.
During a Recall Healing session, we examine the patient’s experiences before the illness appeared, and also look into their life cycles, early childhood and genetic lineage. Sometimes the seeds that create a disease are planted in the subconscious of the patient when they were developing in their mother’s womb. The key for success in Recall Healing is to bring awareness to all the factors that caused the illness, and then to understand the “Fibromyalgia knot”; how it was created, how it led to the physical pain which led to emotion, and how that emotion led to different physical pain.
It should be noted that all muscle and skeleton pathologies are connected to feelings of worthlessness with regard to certain physical activities. For instance, participate in a basketball game while comparing oneself to other people’s abilities or not fulfilling one’s own self expectations, might lead to feelings of worthlessness and a knee injury as a result of that.
Naturally, when the body is hurting and suffering, any action would trigger feelings of worthlessness. This realization is very important, since feeling worthless will lead to other pains in other places in the body, which in turn will lead to more feelings of worthlessness. Fibromyalgia patients are therefore advised to be physically active, but only to such an extent that does not involve pain. They can swim, engage in other kinds of water exercises, or walk, always keeping in mind not to dwell in self criticism.
In many cases, Recall Healing will relieve the pain, which would prevent the creation of a knot. It is often recommended to combine Recall Healing with acupuncture, so that the patient can deal with the complex situation and be emotionally and physically available to receive the treatment.
Recall Healing for Fibromyalgia requires the patient to emotionally participate in the process, which might not be suitable for everyone. The results, however, can be very fast. It is also advantageous to combine Recall Healing with acupuncture or another physical treatment like medicinal herbs, Shiatsu or Tui na. Read more about Recall Healing
Shiatsu or Tui na as a natural treatment for Fibromyalgia
Shiatsu or Tui na are effective in treating fibromyalgia thanks to the physical work on muscles, joints, meridians and acupuncture points. Compared to regular massage, which only works on the physical aspect of the illness, these methods also take into account the Chinese medicine diagnosis and the energetic system. They are also effective when combined with acupuncture or medicinal plants treatment.
Naturopathy as Fibromyalgia Treatment
Another natural treatment for Fibromyalgia isNaturopathy. Nutrition can be a very significant element in recovery, as Fibromyalgia patients often suffer from overweight that burdens the body and causes self criticism. Naturopaths can also provide medicinal plants or vitamin treatment for Fibromyalgia. Treating Fibromyalgia with food supplements is important, but it is better to get those supplements after receiving a diagnosis rather than just purchasing them at the pharmacy.
Reflexology as a natural treatment for Fibromyalgia
Another therapeutic method suited for Fibromyalgia patients is reflexology. Reflexology uses the foot to simulate the entire body, making it possible to treat pains by applying pressure to the foot. The advantage of reflexology is that when painful places are too sensitive for direct touch, they can be treated by touching the foot. Reflexology can also help patients relax by treating their emotional problems, which makes it a very adequate complementary therapy for Fibromyalgia. Coupled with acupuncture or Recall Healing, reflexology can produce even better results.
Healing Fibromyalgia depends on the age, health and mental condition of the patient.
People who have a better chance to recover and remain symptom-free, are those who manage to change their habits, diet, physical activity patterns, and those who find ways to reduce stress through meditation, yoga, or psychological treatments. For anyone who has recovered from Fibromyalgia, it is recommended to continue with maintenance treatments and address any possible reoccurrence if there any signs of a new problem in the body – not to let additional symptoms start and create the “Fibromyalgia knot.”
As mentioned earlier, to receive treatment for signs of possible Fibromyalgia, there is no need to wait for a final diagnosis. It is possible to start the natural treatment for Fibromyalgia even before Western medicine offers its conclusive diagnosis. Natural medicine treats the person rather than the disease, and utilizes diagnostic tools that are different from those of Western medicine.
In most cases, Fibromyalgia signs can already be mitigated after a few sessions. If no change occurs after about ten sessions, it is a good idea to go see another therapist or change the therapy method.
We hope this article helped you find a natural treatment for Fibromyalgia. We wish you a fast recovery.
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