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Fribromyalgia
by Todd Pennington

This syndrome is characterized by: muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disorders and disbelief by much of society. According to the medical definition, it takes 11 or more of the 18 predetermined trigger points being very sore before they want to call it a real case of fribromyalgia. How about the person with less than the required trigger point count? They still hurt. How do they get help? The medical community normally only gives pain killers for this syndrome. Is that real help? The other main response is to teach the client how to manage the pain. Not a lot of help there either.

In my opinion, Fibromyalgia can have many causes. Some of them are: trauma (accidents), over-use of the muscles, some diseases, some autoimmune conditions, sleep disorders, chemicals, and emotions (grief, anger, sadness).

Doctors frequently act as if all the cases have the same cause, and that the same treatment will work to help all cases. Each person is an individual. Even if every case had the same cause, each would still need individual care, since each person reacts to treatment differently.

The first factor to treat in Fibromyalgia is the muscle pain. When the pain diminishes, sleep deprivation frequently improves. It is important in treatment to use a light touch to start with. In this condition, muscles tighten, which can pull bones out of position. Relaxing the muscle can allow the bone to go back into normal position. Bone alignment and muscle sensitivity needs to be checked throughout the body.

After finding the problem patterns, and releasing the superficial soreness, the underlying conditions can be looked at. The work must proceed at a pace that the client can tolerate. With this level of pain, there will be toxin dumps. These will cause pain unless the person drinks lots of water (frequently about a gallon a day for two days).

Fibromyalgia frequently causes sleep disorders and can be caused by sleep disorders. In either case, working to release muscle pain frequently allows sleep to improve. The body does a lot of repair during deep sleep. When sleep is interrupted, deep sleep is what is normally lost. This can result in less time for the body to repair itself.

According to some studies, two of the most common causes of Fibromyalgia are car accidents and work accidents. When the body moves suddenly, muscles get signals to tighten. The body does this to keep parts from separating from the torso. This sets up a pattern within the brain that keeps the muscles tight until something changes the pattern.

If the Fibromyalgia is due to other than trauma, then several forms of treatment will be needed. The muscle pain must be addressed regardless of how many trigger points are active. Part of the work has to also include determining possible causes and a search for methods to take care of them. This can involve several disciplines before finial results are reached.

Pain killers sometimes will work to change the pattern. Frequently all they do is mask the pain for a short time. There are many different methods to change the muscle holding pattern. Some take months or even years to make a difference. This is why many people work at teaching how to live with the pain, instead of how to get ride of it. I have found that Control Muscle Release Therapy has the potential to make changes in hours to weeks instead of many years. Regardless of the cause of the Fibromyalgia, it is possible to let go at least of some of the pain, and sometimes all of the muscle pain.

Control Muscle Release Therapy looks at the muscles that control bone and muscles at a distance. The goal is to release the whole structure easily and gently by relaxing the key regions of the body. In many cases long term (chronic) conditions can be improved.

Take care of your body now and it will help to take care of you later.

I work on all the issues that I have talked about and many others. For more information on this and many other subjects check my web site or call and request articles that I have written. If you have one or more of the issues and want to make changes, call and schedule an appointment. Todd Pennington, LMT 10175 SW Barbur, Suite 306, Portland OR 97219. (503) 244-4427. www.penningtonmassage.com

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