Recent research advances in Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) indicated that about 2% of Ukpopulationhas been affected by Fibromyalgia. Western Medicine hasshown its limitation in treating this complex and unexplained condition. The conventional western treatment of fibromyalgia consists of different medications for the various signs and symptoms in a trial and error approach. Most patients with fibromyalgia have turned to alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, to manage their symptoms.
What are the clinical signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic painful condition characterised by painful response to pressure, insomnia, fatigue, and depression. The Following main signs and symptoms are commonly occurred together:
|Muscle knots, cramping, weakness|
|Headaches/migraines (chronic headaches and jaw pain)|
|numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet|
|anxiety and depression|
|dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes|
|hypersensitivity to odours, bright lights, and loud noises|
|inability to concentrate (called "fibro fog")|
|irritable bowel syndrome|
|painful menstrual cramps|
|poor circulation in hands and feet (called Raynaud's phenomenon)|
|restless legs syndrome|
How to diagnose Fibromyalgia Syndrome? The following are the steps to reach a correct diagnosis:
1. History of the illness: pain in all four quadrants of the body for a minimum duration of three months and pain when pressure is applied to at least 11 of 18 designated tender points on the body.
2. Clinical picture: Signs and symptoms usually begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases there appears to be no triggering event. Women are more prone to develop the disorder than are men, and the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age.
The place of Acupuncture In Fibromyalgia
In Chinese theory of acupuncture, the pain is explained as a disturbance in the flow of Qi within the body. This disruption is resulted in fibromyalgia andusually associated with disharmonies of the Liver, Spleen, Kidney and Heart Systems.
The Acupuncture Treatment Course
The Chinese acupuncture can treat specific signs &symptoms of Fibromyalgia in each individual patient by focusing on his/her constitution, emotional state, intensity and location of pain, digestive health and sleeping patterns. So that the acupuncture treatment of fibromyalgia is unique, customized treatment with different acupuncture points,different lifestyle and specific dietary recommendations. The traditional Chinese acupuncture treatment has been proved to be the most effective way of treating this difficult syndrome. The UK ACUPUNCTUR CLINICS have a special treatment program which consists of acupuncture therapy, detoxification program and dietary advice with certain exercises.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, acupuncture may be what you’ve been looking for to ease your symptoms and to restore your health and vitality. Please call us today.