We’re all accustomed to aches, pains, and tired muscles every now and then, but for millions of people suffering them every day, their root cause can be cloaked in mystery. Often, chronic sufferers can’t pinpoint what made a muscle group feel like fire in their body; physical injuries tend to heal, after all, and have no reason to leave a malignant pain behind.
Modern developments – especially in regards to alternative pain therapy – are unearthing the truth of the matter. Fibromyalgia, although still relatively under-discussed, is now a recognised progenitor of chronic pain. We thought it was high time we discuss it in detail, and how you can get lasting relief:
What is fibromyalgia?
Put simply, fibromyalgia relates to constant soreness around areas of the body, usually around a pressure point or muscle network. Patients report feeling acute discomfort in their knees, ankles, neck or shoulders. Fatigue, both mental and otherwise, goes with it, and high levels of stress tend to churn in a vicious, exacerbating cycle.
Studies have shown that it’s the fascia around your muscles that is reacting in an inflammatory response, scans have shown that there is nothing wrong with the muscles, or other soft tissues. The fascial network forms the lubricous tissue surrounding our muscles, ligaments and tendons, protecting them and holding them in place. However, pain is created by the brain, via the central nervous system, to protect the body- from injury or potential harm. This can be physical harm, but can also be from trauma, stress, anxiety, fear and anger, which can then cause hypersensitivity of the nervous system, and resistance in the fascial system reacting like a shield against a physical injury that doesn’t exist.
Lots of recent studies show that patients with Fibromyalgia and other chronic widespread pain commonly have experienced stressful life events in childhood, adolescence and/or in adulthood. So, despite manifesting physically, fibromyalgia can stem from psychosocial pressures. As part of the proven SIRPA pain recovery process, we help our clients understand what pain is, and help them discover and resolve what their personal factors may have been that started this pain response and what’s perpetuating the pain-cycle.
Pain therapists explore the ephemeral sources of your condition, teaching you techniques to identify and resolve past stresses and traumas, so that they are no longer being dealt with by the body. We will help you to identify what beliefs and behaviours need to change for your body to recover. You will learn tools and techniques to retrain your neural pathways to resolve chronic pain and other symptoms, empowering you to recover from pain.
Our most introspective treatments allow you to feel empowered again, challenging fibromyalgia in a way that works for you. We want you to master your own wellbeing, and that means ridding yourself of negative conceptions (like being told or believing that you can’t recover) that could be imprisoning you. As we’ve witnessed with many of our other clients- you can recover!