Fibromyalgia is an increasingly common disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and sleep issues. The disorder can sometimes begin after traumatic incidents such as surgeries, motor vehicle accidents or even emotional events. It is often managed with invasive drug treatments littered with side effects while only masking symptoms of the disorder.
Traditional style Chinese acupuncture can help alleviate many of the symptoms of the disorder with no side effects or negative repercussions by targeting the root of the disorder and working to restore balance and harmony to the body. Acupuncture is a great alternative or supplementary treatment to drugs used to manage fibromyalgia, and can greatly reduce physical pain symptoms as well as improve sleep, mood and energy.
In traditional chinese medicine, it is not the disease that is treated, rather it is the patient. This means that each patient diagnosed with fibromyalgia will receive a treatment specially designed for them personally, rather than a blanket “fibromyalgia treatment”. In order to engineer a treatment specific to each patient, many different factors are taken into account such as diet, digestion, and sleep patterns just to name a few. This allows the practitioner a wider scope perspective on what organ systems are out of balance and what the root of the disorder is for each patient.
There is no single acupuncture treatment that will resolve fibromyalgia symptoms for everyone who suffers from them. Every person’s body is different, and this is a key factor in achieving successful results and helping patients manage and overcome their ailments. Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, acupuncture can not only manage and relieve acute symptoms of the disorder, but can also decrease the severity and reduce frequency of acute flare ups.
By Bob Monroe