Fibromyalgia is the catch-all term given to a condition of chronic and unexplained pain in multiple areas of your body. It’s kind of like the ‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome’ of pain where Western medicine can’t really find any reason for the pain and therefore don’t know how to treat it.
I treat a lot of patients for Fibromyalgia and the most common symptoms are back pain, thigh pain, hip pain, forearm pain, hand pain and neck pain. There are other pains, but these seem to be the most common. There are often other non-pain symptoms like IBS, depression and fatigue.
What is Fibromyalgia in Chinese Medicine Terms?
The most common cause of Fibromyalgia is what we call blood stasis. Blood stasis basically means that the blood flow around your body is not as good as it should be, sluggish and not moving well. Poor blood flow results in not enough oxygen and nutrients making it to your muscles, ligaments and tendons leading to pain.
Just think about it, if the blood flow was restricted to your right bicep muscle it would get weaker, smaller and start to hurt. It’s the same with any other area of your body.
Also, all of your body’s repair mechanisms and natural pain killers reside in your blood. Restricted blood flow means that these important elements of your body’s natural processes cannot function properly either leaving you stuck in chronic pain.
How Do I Treat Fibromyalgia?
Chinese medicine offers one of the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia because we treat both externally through acupuncture and internally through Chinese herbs.
Fibromyalgia acupuncture retrains your body to do what it had always done before you developed Fibromyalgia – and that is to send your body’s natural repair crew and pain killers to each problem area the reduce the pain and repair the problem. Acupuncture is a gentle but powerful treatment to reduce and eliminate pain.
Chinese herbs improve your blood flow throughout your entire body. Through improved blood flow we can ‘lock-in’ the benefits of acupuncture making it less likely that the pain with return after you finish acupuncture Melbourne treatments.
Can Chinese Medicine Help Your Fibromyalgia?
The best way to find out is come in either for a free 15 Minute Chinese Medicine Health Check to discuss your particular situation. Or you can book in for an initial appointment to see how well you respond to acupuncture. If we can reduce or even get rid of your pain at that first appointment, this is a good prognosis that what will do should work for you.
Don’t put up with the pain or keep taking pain killers just to get by. Get your quality of life back and feel good again.
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