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Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a frustrating and little-understood illness. It is called an illness rather than a disease because there is no specific diagnostic test that confirms or denies its existence. It is a collection of confusing symptoms which come and go and vary in intensity. Its chief characteristic is widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons, stiffness, fatigue and non-restorative sleep. While it is not life-threatening, it can be as debilitating as rheumatoid arthritis. It is an illness that frustrates physicians as much as it does the patient.
FMS is a collection of symptoms without a known cause. It affects 5-10% of the population, affecting eight times more women than men and it strikes all ages. It is often found in the company of other related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), spastic bladder (urge incontinence), headaches, myofacial pain (such as TMJ), mistral valve prolapse and chronic fatigue.
The classical diagnosis for FMS is pain in all four quadrants of the body that lasts longer than three months and 11 of 18 tender pressure points. Although the cause remains elusive, there are many common triggering events thought to precipitate the onset of the illness. These are an infection (viral or bacterial), an automobile accident or the development of another disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or hypothyroidism.
Traditional treatments aim at improving the quality of sleep and reducing pain. Recent research confirms that a multi disciplinary approach to treating FMS provides the greatest relief from symptoms and the best prognosis. This approach includes improving the quality of sleep, proper nutrition, physical conditioning, deep relaxation and positive mental imagery. No one modality has proven effective more than 40% of the time. However, by combining therapies, the patient can frequently return to a healthier state and a more active lifestyle.
How Hypnosis Can Help with FMS
Our program for FMS symptom alleviation is non-invasive and is designed to be used in conjunction with your physicians treatment regime. It is a multi-session program that focuses on easing pain, boosting energy levels, restoring sleep without drugs, releasing anxiety and tension, improving concentration and alleviating other troublesome symptoms. Typical sessions include:
In one study published in the Journal of Rheumatology, 40 Fibromyalgia patients were randomly assigned to treatment with either hypnotherapy or physical therapy for 12 weeks and followed up at 24 weeks. the patients in the hypnotherapy group showed a significantly better outcome with respect to pain reduction, fatigue on awakening, sleep patterns and global assessment at 12 and 24 weeks. In addition, those patients treated with hypnotherapy showed a significant improvement in their overall levels of discomfort. The authors concluded that hypnotherapy was effective in relieving the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Some insurance plans will pay a portion of our Fibromyalgia program with a doctor's prescription.
It's not magic. It's a set of scientifically proven techniques to train your mind to do what you want. Don't put off seeking the help you need. Call or email today and take the first step to symptom relief: (805) 405-6253 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: This is a treatment program designed to be used in conjunction with your physician/s and is not intended as a replacement for conventional medical diagnosis and treatment.