Using Acupressure to Treat Fibromyalgia

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					Fibromyalgia is a wide-spread pain disorder. It has no physical cause but
causes symptoms such as generalized muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems,
depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, dizziness and poor concentration
and memory. Treatment options for Fibromyalgia are limited. Since there
is no physical cause, it is difficult for doctors to prescribe medication
to effectively treat the disorder. Antidepressants have routinely been
prescribed and have been known to help; however, the dosage is usually
low to help avoid bothersome side effects.An alternative treatment to
conventional medicine is acupressure. Acupressure originated in China
over 3,000 years ago. It has been proven to relieve pain symptoms for
Fibromyalgia sufferers. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but does
not use needles. Acupressurists treat the affected area by applying
pressure and holding it for three to ten seconds. There are some
acupressure points that have proven more effective than others.
Gallbladder points 20, 30, 31 and 34 allow muscles to strengthen and help
to enhance circulation in muscles and tendons. Liver 3 helps to calm the
nervous system allowing muscle cramps and spasms to relax. Pericardium 6
works to relax the chest and upper digestive tract in addition to helping
calm the mind. A combination of spleen 6 and stomach 36 actually
increases absorption and helps to transport nutrients. While there are
rarely any complications to acupressure treatments, some have been known
to occur. Possible complications are nausea, fainting, fatigue and
headaches. Most people feel great after an acupressure session. It can
leave you feeling relaxed and energized at the same time. Your first
acupressure session will be a lot like a doctors appointment. You will
most likely be asked about your medical history and what you hope to get
from the sessions. The acupressurist should explain how the sessions work
and tell you what to expect.Western medicine is not really sure how
acupressure helps with Fibromyalgia symptoms, but ancient Chinese
medicine claims that acupressure increases the life force, also known as
"chi". Doing this allows health to be restored. It can be difficult to
find an acupressurist. Not all states require them to be licensed. The
best way to find a qualified acupressurist is to get a referral. There
are a few places that may be able to help you with this. Consider asking
your general practitioner or neurologist. Physical therapists may also be
aware of local acupressurists. If you are unable to get a referral from a
medical professional, there are organizations that regulate
acupressurists and acupuncturists. They will probably be able to guide
you in the right direction.

				
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