Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia
Using acupuncture for Fibromyalgia can help manage the pain that is commonly associated with the condition.
What is Fibromyalgia?
A rheumatic condition, fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that is believed by researchers to affect how the brain processes pain signals. With symptoms such as widespread pain, fatigue, mood, memory and sleep complications, those who suffer from the disease can find it (as well as daily life) difficult to manage.
Unfortunately, there currently is no cure for Fibromyalgia in Western medicine; however, many patients have seen positive results from medicine, regular exercise and additional therapeutic services. As a therapeutic health spa, we strive to deliver the highest quality healing, which is why we sit down with you before your first appointment to get to know you, any conditions you might have and your overall wellness goals.
If you suffer from the condition, acupuncture for Fibromyalgia has been shown to decrease pain and improve overall wellbeing in some of our patients.
How Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Heals
Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese tradition where thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific points, has been used for centuries to treat pain. The philosophy behind this practice is to bring your body back to homeostasis (balance). Say, for instance, Fibro was causing too much heat within certain areas of the body. Acupuncture in those specific areas will help balance the heat, resulting in less pain.
In Chinese medicine, Fibromyalgia involves stagnancy of our energy (Qi circulation), which results in insufficient flow of blood and body fluids. Blood nourishes the muscles to ensure proper function and mobility, thus Fibro causes pain and chronic fatigue.
Interestingly, the tender points that Western medicine has charted correlate with specific acupuncture points (A Manual of Acupuncture).
In Western medicine, the healing benefits of acupuncture are a result of the needles stimulating certain nerves, muscles and tissue. This phenomenon triggers our body’s natural pain relief as well as increases blood flow. Acupuncture needles stimulate the smooth flow of the body’s energy and circulation (of blood and body fluids).
When it comes to managing pain in patients, acupuncture can help the body better deal with the chronic pain Fibromyalgia brings through activating these acupuncture points. While it is by no means a cure for the condition, acupuncture for Fibromyalgia can help lessen pain in some patients. And with less pain, patients often find themselves more able to participate in everyday activities (including light to moderate exercise) and get better sleep.
Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Case Study
At Blue Creek, we have seen various levels of success when it comes to using acupuncture in Fibro patients. One of our patients, a woman (age 50), had been dealing with Fibromyalgia symptoms since the early 1980s. (Her symptoms included chronic fatigue that left her bedridden some days, and various areas of pain at a 10/10 pain level.)
Through acupuncture treatments (and cupping), we increased the blood flow and circulation, which relaxed muscle tightness and spasms, and ultimately decreased overall pain.
After 1-2 treatment per week for 3 months, she is currently living a life with more energy and dramatically less pain!
Should You Try It?
Talk with your doctor before trying any treatments, but if deemed safe, acupuncture could help relieve Fibromyalgia-related pain, which can help you perform routine activities more easily.
To sum it up, in an article posted by the National Fibromyalgia Association, “fibromyalgia symptoms probably do respond to acupuncture, although I wouldn’t expect that acupuncture works for everyone, nor is acupuncture a cure for the syndrome. What is perhaps most important is that there are relatively few to no side effects to acupuncture performed with modern disposable needles, in stark contrast to some medications which do have serious side effects.”
Read more about our acupuncture services and how to book an appointment here.