Newsletter September 2013
Welcome to September's newsletter. I hope you enjoy reading this edition, apologies it's a little later than usual, I've been very busy getting The Therapy Centre completely finished, and we're almost there!
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General Wellbeing - Chronic pain and fibromyalgia
This month, I'll be looking at a medical condition that, from my point of view, appears to be coming a more common diagnosis for those suffering with chronic muscular pain - fibromyalgia.
What is fibromyalgia?
'Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome involving sleep disorders and the development of a predictable pattern of tender points in the muscles and other soft tissues' (Ruth Werner 2009). It can occur simultaneously with other disorders such as; chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and migraines.
How is it diagnosed?
There is no diagnostic test for fibromyalgia, therefore it is often diagnosed after ruling out other disorders with similar signs and symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
- Widespread pain that shifts in intensity and location
- Tender points, nine predictable pairs are distributed among all quadrants of the body
- Stiffness after rest
- Poor stamina
- Sensitivity to stimulus such as light and sound
- Low tolerance to pain
Fibromyalgia treatment relies on the sufferer managing the condition themselves, through nutrition, sleep, exercise, stretching, and reducing emotional stress. Daily exercise is important for many sufferers. Massage can also play an important role as research has shown that it reduces reported levels of pain, anxiety and depression.
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More information on fibromyalgia can be found here: