Treat Fibromyalgia Pain Naturally with Acupuncture
Fibromyalgia pain can be treated with acupuncture. It is estimated that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans. Women make up 80-90% of all fibromyalgia diagnoses. Pain due to fibromyalgia is generally widespread, found on both sides of the body, and comes with additional symptoms such as insomnia, digestive problems, and ‘brain fog’.
The word fibromyalgia comes from the Latin for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek words for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). So you have fibrous tissue and muscle pain. Since the majority of your body is made of muscles and connective tissue – that’s the fibrous tissue in fibromyalgia – this means a lot of pain!
Diagnosis of fibromyalgia is based on criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and includes a history of widespread pain lasting more than 3 months, other general symptoms such as fatigue, waking up tired even though you slept, poor memory, and difficulty concentrating.
Widespread pain must affect all 4 quadrants of the body, meaning it must be felt on both the left and right sides of the body as well as above and below the waist. ACR has designated 18 sites on the body as possible tender points. [See chart] In addition to pain and fatigue, people who have fibromyalgia may experience a variety of other symptoms including
We Treat: Cognitive & Memory Problems, Sleep Disturbances, Chronic Headaches, Digestive Problems, Numbness or Tingling and Menstrual Pain or Cramps
How Does Acupuncture Work for Fibromyalgia Pain?
Acupuncture recognizes the areas where you feel pain as occurring along acupuncture meridians. Your meridians are pathways deep inside muscles and tissue where your energy circulates. Good circulation of energy within the meridians equates to good health. When circulation pathways become congested you experience poor health and pain. No one is sure why people develop fibromyalgia but Chinese medicine excels at helping people with pain from most causes. I have helped many people recover from their fibromyalgia symptoms. Patients report better sleep, increased energy, and most of all pain relief.
Be sure to scroll down to our testimonials section to read patient’s experience with relief from fibromyalgia with acupuncture.
Diet and Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia pain is responsive to acupuncture. Pain relief is often accelerated when we combine acupuncture treatment with dietary therapy. Nutritional counseling is a service I provide free of charge and is included in your acupuncture treatment. When you receive acupuncture for fibromyalgia at Inner Light Wellness, I will go over your diet with you and search for hidden culprits in your daily food choices that may be increasing your pain and fatigue. Acupuncture for fibromyalgia relief is not a quick fix but with proper care, the pain and fatigue can be managed or eliminated completely.
For a more complete look at fibromyalgia, visit The National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases.
Fibromyalgia Research Studies
Acupuncture Significantly Improved Fibromyalgia Symptoms
A study resulting in significant improvement of pain relief, fatigue and anxiety directly related to fibromyalgia was conducted in 2006 on 50 participants. “All patients met American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia and had tried conservative symptomatic treatments other than acupuncture. We measured symptoms with the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) and the Multidimensional Pain Inventory at baseline, immediately after treatment, and at 1 month and 7 months after treatment.”
Acupuncture Confirmed to Relieve Fibromyalgia Symptoms
West Village Acupuncture reports on an article regarding the treatment of fibromyalgia through acupuncture. Previous studies have been conducted but most recently this 2010 confirms previous findings. “A 2010 study conducted at Meiji University in Kyoto, Japan found that acupuncture was more effective in relieving many of the common symptoms of fibromyalgia, than frequently used conventional therapies.”
Patient Reviews for Fibromyalgia
“Margaret Celli has improved the significant pain that I experience using her acupuncture techniques and energy medicine. I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, including bilateral knee replacements, as well as fibromyalgia and melanoma, and have ongoing muscle and bone pain for an extended period of time. Currently, I am working with my insurance carrier to help defray the cost of this treatment. The results of Margaret’s treatment is truly remarkable and certainly is something that I respect and value. I would recommend her highly. Margaret is an experienced, caring and committed professional who listens to her clients and tailors their treatment plan to meet their specific needs.”Carol C. – Exton, PA