Do Osteopaths Treat Fibromyalgia?
Yes, Osteopaths do treat Fibromyalgia.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterised by chronic widespread pain and heightened, painful response to pressure. The key anatomical peculiarity seems to be hypersensitive pain-processing facilities in the brain. Some research suggests that these brain anomalies may be the result of prolonged or severe stress.
Why Does Pain Processing Go Awry?
Despite being very small, nerves are actually mechanical things that can break down with overuse. Chronic pain and stress ( or short term extremely severe pain and stress ) can put so much burden on the pain processing parts of the brain, that they become hypersensitive and start interpreting everything as pain.
Osteopathic Treatment Of Fibromyalgia
The treatment of Fibromyalgia is rebalancing the sensitivity level of hypersensitive nerves in the brain. Theoretically this is done by allowing the nerves sufficient rest so the body's natural healing mechanisms can heal them, returning their pain threshold to normal. In practice this is a slow process. Learning to manage stress and pain, while building resiliency, is the name of the game. A multifactorial approach is required, which may involve changes in behaviour, diet and of course correcting of any painful parts in your body contributing to your overall pain level.
So What Do Osteopaths Actually Do?
Correct any pain or stress factors in your body so that your body's pain response system can rest and recover. Treatment also includes assessment, and possibly treatment, of the head and neck to ensure the brain is receiving optimal nutrition, bloodflow and nervous system support.
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