Can Acupuncture Help Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Hurts – But Acupuncture Can Help
Defined literally as “muscle and fibrous connective tissue pain,” fibromyalgia is a painful medical condition that negatively affects people’s lives all over the globe. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2-8% of the world’s population and five million Americans, and it affects twice as many women as it does men.
The cause of fibromyalgia is still not known, and treatment can be difficult. There’s no one-size-fits-all therapy for this condition – but acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been found to help. Learn more from Root & Soul, a clinic that specializes in chronic pain management, helping patients in San Diego and La Mesa get back to a healthier and happier life.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture has roots in Chinese medicine and dates back more than 8,000 years. There are various schools of thought as to how exactly it works. According to traditional Chinese teachings, acupuncture unblocks and realigns the body’s pathways. Medical institutions like the Mayo Clinic, state that acupuncture maps out vital points and nerves in the muscles, and connective tissues causing increased blood flow and endorphins release. Though it has been practiced around the world for millennia, Acupuncture became popular in the Western world in the 1970s and has been proven to reduce pain – as well as fatigue and anxiety, among other things.
What About Acupuncture And Fibromyalgia?
Chinese Medicine recognizes the specific pathways that can become blocked, leading to pain points experienced by fibromyalgia patients. Acupuncture frees up the congestion at these pain points, allowing the body to heal.
It might sound counterintuitive that placing needles in the body lessens pain – but even for those with a heightened sensitivity to pain, it’s normally tolerated without difficulty. Thin needles are expertly placed at various pressure points around the body and left for a period of time. These needles help the body to facilitate healing and speed up its natural repair processes.
Perhaps one of the most attractive properties of acupuncture is the low level of risk involved. When taking medication or engaging in various other treatments, more risk is often brought into the equation. Acupuncture avoids the potential side effects of drugs and other adverse reactions. When performed by a trained professional, acupuncture is an extremely low-risk treatment that can greatly help with pain in sufferers of fibromyalgia.
Are Needles The Only Option?
No! Fibromyalgia can be treated in a number of different and complementary ways, alongside or instead of acupuncture. At Root & Soul, we offer a number of natural treatments including Chinese herbal treatments, and cupping. We understand that fibromyalgia is painful enough as it is – and if you don’t want acupuncture, we can treat you in other ways.
Chinese herbal treatments can help to improve your health and well-being with less adverse reactions than medication. Our special formulations have been developed and refined to create the highest efficiency products , never before available outside of China.
Cupping therapy reduces pain and improves body movement, and can be completely non-invasive. It’s used by world-class athletes – and is now offered in San Diego and La Mesa.
Which Treatment Is Best For Me?
Not sure which option is best suited to help with your fibromyalgia? Come in and talk to us! We can go over your experience, pain levels, and the different treatment options available to you – and help you choose one, or a combination, to get you on a happier and healthier course.
We can also answer any questions you have about acupuncture or any of the other fibromyalgia treatments that we offer. Don’t put up with the pain any longer – give us a call today.