Fibromyalgia - Body Stress Release - Ralph Dinkelmann Body Stress Release Practitioner

Fibromyalgia. Can body stress release help?

Fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. It presents itself in symptoms which doctors consider to be subjective. As a result, there is no clear known cause, and a lot of frustration for fibromyalgia sufferers.

They symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia sufferers often report areas of tenderness (or trigger points). These are places on the body where even light pressure causes pain. Sometimes the pain caused by these trigger points may be described as a dull ache affecting many areas of the body.

Persistent experience of this pain - for at least three months - may point doctors to a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

More symptoms of Fibromyalgia

People with Fibaromyalgia may also report:

  • fatigue
  • sleeplessness
  • sleeping for long periods without feeling rested
  • headaches
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • inability to focus or pay attention
  • pain or dull aching in the lower abdomen

It is believe these symptoms may be the result of the nervous system misinterpreting or overreacting to normal pain signals.

The causes of Fibromyalgia

Medical researchers and doctors have not yet pinned down the causes of fibromyalgia. They are, however, closer to understanding the factors that may work together to cause it.

The factors that cause Fibromyalgia are:

  1. Infections: Prior illnesses may trigger fibromyalgia or worsen the symptoms.
  2. Genetics: If you have a family member with this condition, you are at a higher risk for developing Fibromyalgia.
  3. Trauma: Physical or emotional trauma may lead to fibromyalgia. In fact, the condition has been linked to PTSD.
  4. Stress: Like trauma, stress can have long-reaching effects for months and years. Stress has also been linked to hormonal imbalances that may contribute to fibromyalgia.

Doctors don’t fully understand the factors that cause people to experience the chronic widespread pain associated with fibromyalgia. Some theories suggest it may be that the brain lowers the pain threshold. What once wasn’t painful, becomes very painful over time. Another theory suggests that the nerves and receptors in the body become more sensitive to stimulation. That means they may overreact to pain signals and cause unnecessary or exaggerated pain.

Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Commonly, pain medication, anti-depressants and anti-seizure drugs are used to manage pain in conjunction with lifestyle changes to reduce stress as stress, and how the body manages stress, appears to have a major impact on pain levels and quality of life.

Through body stress release, stored tension is released so that there is less of an overreaction to stressors. Those clients who have responded positively to body stress release treatments have required gentle releases, more often, along with active lifestyle measures to manage stress levels.



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