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Understanding Fibromyalgia and How Acupuncture Can Help

Fibromyalgia relief

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.  is often associated with abnormal pain perception processing in the central nervous system. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. Affecting millions of people worldwide, it is often accompanied by other symptoms such as inability to sleep, brain fog or cognitive difficulties, and emotional distress.

Patients suffering from Fibromyalgia can experience some or all of these symptoms:

  • Widespread pain

  • Fatigue

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Cognitive difficulties

  • Headaches

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

Western Medicine Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Western medicine offers various treatment options for managing fibromyalgia symptoms, focusing primarily on pain relief and improving quality of life. Some of these pharmacological treatments:

  • Pain Relievers: Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen sodium (Aleve) can help relieve pain and inflammation. In some cases, doctors may prescribe stronger pain relievers, including tramadol (Ultram).

  • Antidepressants: Medications such as duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella) can help reduce pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. These drugs work by altering the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain that influence pain perception.

  • Anti-seizure Drugs: Medications like pregabalin (Lyrica) and gabapentin (Neurontin) are sometimes used to treat fibromyalgia. These drugs can help reduce pain by interfering with the way nerves send pain signals.

Our approach to treating Fibromyalgia:

Despite its prevalence, fibromyalgia remains poorly understood, and its treatment is often challenging, leaving patients with a sense of hopelessness and countless prescriptions. At Bodhi TCM Acupuncture we have developed protocols based on ancient Chinese medicine that are layered with modern bioelectric therapies specifically for each patient, which help us to provide effective relief for fibromyalgia symptoms. Our fibromyalgia holistic treatment approach is as follows:

1. Holistic Approach

All of our treatments focus on a holistic approach, meaning we consider the person and their own symptoms rather than fitting them into a box and treating "generically". Our approach seeks to restore balance within the body by addressing the underlying causes of pain and discomfort. This comprehensive approach leads to more sustainable relief from fibromyalgia symptoms.

2. Pain Relief

Numerous studies have shown that acupuncture can effectively reduce chronic pain, including the widespread pain associated with fibromyalgia. Acupuncture when performed by an expert practitioner, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. This helps reduce the perception of pain and improve overall well-being.

3. Improved Sleep

Insomnia is a common symptom of Fibromyalgia. Our acupuncture and bioelectric protolcs can help regulate sleep patterns by promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety. By improving sleep quality, we can alleviate fatigue and enhance overall quality of life.

4. Stress Reduction

Stress is a significant factor in the worsening of fibromyalgia symptoms. Our protocols have been shown to reduce stress levels by promoting the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. By lowering stress and anxiety, we can help prevent flare-ups and improve emotional health.

5. Enhanced Energy and Vitality

Fatigue is a pervasive symptom of fibromyalgia. We boost energy levels by improving the flow of life energy throughout the body using acupuncture, while our bioelectric therapy has shown to increase Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) up to 500% which is a molecule that stores and releases energy in cells. This increase in energy can help fibromyalgia sufferers feel more active and engaged in their daily lives.

6. Minimal Side Effects

One of the significant advantages of acupuncture over pharmacological treatments is the minimal risk of side effects. When performed by an expert practitioner, acupuncture is a safe and well-tolerated therapy.

7. Personalized Treatment

All of our treatments are tailored to the individual's specific needs. During our consultation we conduct a thorough assessment to identify the imbalances in the body and develop a personalized treatment plan. This customized approach ensures that each patient receives the most effective care and effective relief for their unique set of symptoms.

We recommend Fibromyalgia patients also follow these recommendations at home to help manage symptoms:

  • Diet and Nutrition: Eating a balanced diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity, such as walking, swimming, or yoga, can improve flexibility, strength, and overall well-being.

  • Stress Management: Practices such as meditation, deep breathing, and mindfulness can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.

  • Sleep Hygiene: Establishing a regular sleep routine and creating a restful sleep environment can improve sleep quality.

Fibromyalgia is a very difficult diagnosis to live with, with our holistic acupuncture and integrative protocols we provide a natural and effective alternative to those seeking help. By reducing pain, improving sleep, increasing energy and mental clarity, we can enhance the overall well-being of our patients. With the right approach, it is possible to manage Fibromyalgia and help you get back to enjoying your life.

To find out if you are a good candidate for our Fibromyalgia treatments call us at 321-312-0771. If you are considering acupuncture for fibromyalgia in Melbourne FL we would love to help you too.



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