Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by chronic widespread pain at multiple tender points, joint stiffness and systemic symptoms (e.g., mood disorders, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, and insomnia).
The aetiology of fibromyalgia is still unclear. Central sensitization is considered to be the main mechanism involved, but there are many other factors as genetic, immunological, and hormonal. Among these stands out the Autonomic Nervous System dysregulation which may play an important role.
There is definitive evidence to support the role of autonomic dysfunction. Central sensitization is considered as the main mechanism involved where there is an altered response of the CNS (Central Nervous System) during the management of the pain stimuli. It is called the “windup” – the main phenomena involved, which reflects the increased excitability of spinal cord neurons.
After a painful stimulus, subsequent stimuli of the same intensity are perceived as stronger – this occurs normally in everyone, but it is excessive in fibromyalgia patients.
Fibromyalgia needs a multidisciplinary approach, but within it, physiotherapy can help through the stimulation of particular acupoints. Points can have an effect on the central sensitization and in balancing the autonomic nervous system, improving the symptomatology. Aside from this, other forms of manual therapy and therapeutic exercises can be added to give further help.
How many sessions do you need?
The protocol that we use follows the guidelines of the Roland Solère method treating manifestations such as those encountered in Fibromyalgia.
The protocol provides 3-10 sessions. The session range is variable due to the factors in play, such as:
- the patient’s age;
- duration of the condition;
- intensity and number of symptoms present.
Do you have a needle phobia?
The stimulation of the points can be done with other methods such as cupping, manual pressure or magnetic acupressure patches.
For the assessment of the symptoms, we use a questionnaire, based mainly on COMPASS 31, in order to evaluate the progress along with the treatment.
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