Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain in the joints and muscles. It is also associated with an abnormally low pain threshold and tender areas. Other symptoms include fatigue, anxiety and depression. Fibromyalgia patients are generally between 25 and 60 years old, and about 90% of them are women.
How is Fibromyalgia Treated?
There is no cure for fibromyalgia. Nor is there a treatment that will ease all of the symptoms.
Patients, therefore, depend on an array of therapies including medication, behavioral techniques and exercises designed to strengthen and condition the body.
Alternative treatments like acupuncture can help relax the patient and ease pain.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
In acupuncture, the practitioner inserts dry needles into the skin and other tissues at specific points. They then gently manipulate the needles that cause the body to produce endorphins and releases them into the bloodstream. They interact with receptors in the brain to reduce a person’s sensitivity to pain.
Some practitioners claim that acupuncture removes energy blocks and thus restores the flow of energy along meridians or channels. Some researchers believe that acupuncture changes the brain’s chemistry.
It does so by changing the release of neurotransmitters that inhibit or stimulate nerve impulses in the brain that carry information about physical sensations like pain. Consequently, the acupuncture increases the patient’s ability to tolerate pain.
What Happens During an Acupuncture Session?
The practitioner will start by asking the patient for their medical history. They will want to know about the patient’s symptoms and if they have had any other treatments. The practitioner may also examine the patient.
During the acupuncture session, the practitioner will have the patient sit or lie down. Fine, sterilized needles are inserted into specific places on the body called acupuncture points.
One to twelve needles are used during a typical session, but the practitioner may use more. The practitioner may insert the needles just under the skin or deep enough to reach the muscle.
Once the needles are in place, the practitioner will leave them for up to 30 minutes. The patient may feel tingling when the needles are inserted. Acupuncture should not cause serious pain, however.
An acupuncture session can last between 20 and 40 minutes. Most patients will need to undergo about ten treatments. The effects of an acupuncture session can last for several weeks.
If you’re suffering from fibromyalgia, contact Knox Wellness today to schedule your consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions and determine the right treatment to provide you relief.