At What’s Good – Wellness by Design, we understand that living with fibromyalgia can seriously impact your life, affecting not only your physical health but also your mental and emotional well-being. Our team of experienced practitioners is here to offer you personalized care and support, combining the power of acupuncture and integrative medicine to help you find relief from the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a complex condition characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and tenderness in the muscles, joints, and soft tissues. Along with these primary symptoms, individuals with fibromyalgia often experience a range of secondary symptoms that can significantly impact their quality of life.
Common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Chronic pain throughout the body
- Fatigue and decreased energy levels
- Sleep disturbances and insomnia
- Cognitive difficulties, commonly referred to as “fibro fog”
- Depression and anxiety
- Headaches and migraines
- Digestive problems
- Sensitivity to temperature, light, and noise
Numerous published studies have demonstrated the benefits of acupuncture for fibromyalgia. Research has shown that acupuncture can help reduce pain, improve sleep quality, enhance mood, and relieve fatigue. It works by stimulating specific points on the body, promoting the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals, and regulating the nervous system to restore balance and promote overall well-being
The effects of acupuncture on pain & autonomic dysregulation in fibromyalgia
In the context of fibromyalgia, autonomic dysregulation can manifest as abnormalities in the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) branches of the autonomic nervous system. Dysregulation can result in symptoms such as increased heart rate, irregular blood pressure, temperature fluctuations, digestive issues, sleep disturbances, and abnormal stress responses. This study showed that acupuncture significantly reduced pain and improved autonomic regulation, suggesting its effectiveness in managing fibromyalgia symptoms.
The effects of acupuncture on pain & quality of life
This study evaluated the efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for fibromyalgia. The findings indicated that acupuncture can reduce pain and improve quality of life in individuals with fibromyalgia. It also highlighted the potential of acupuncture as a safe and well-tolerated therapy for managing this condition.
The impact of acupuncture on fibromyalgia
This review article examined the existing research on acupuncture for fibromyalgia. It concluded that acupuncture can provide pain relief and improve overall well-being in fibromyalgia patients. Additionally, it suggested that acupuncture may be a valuable adjunct therapy to standard treatments for fibromyalgia.
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