Fact: Fibromyalgia is one of the most common types of chronic pain. It affects over 5 million patients in the United States alone. However, it is probably one of the most baffling and challenging conditions to diagnose. There is no specific lab test for it. It can’t be seen on an x-ray or confirmed by a blood test. Some say it is the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic widespread muscle pain (see Science of Fibromyalgia). Some people have even been told “it’s all in your head!” The bottom line is usually debilitating PAIN! This pain can be severe, and it can have a significant impact on the quality of life. Simple things that are taken for granted, like working, going for a walk, household chores, and taking care of families can become monumental tasks. Symptoms also often get worse under stress or even under certain weather conditions. The two guidelines that are most often used to diagnose Fibromyalgia are chronic widespread pain that affects the right and left sides of the body above and below the waist for over 3 months, and pain in at least 11 of 18 possible tender points that are hypersensitive.
The Missing Link? The revolutionary Cranial/Structural techniques of Structural Energetic Therapy®! There is a very interesting connection between the 11-18 tender points doctors use for diagnosis, and the areas of strain patterns found in the body due to a structural core distortion that is noticeable in everyone at birth! These areas are as much as 50% weaker in muscle strength, and correspond directly to the tender points used by doctors to make the diagnosis. Since these areas are weakened they are under the most stress and collect more lactic acid, adhesion, and scar tissue which cause hypersensitivity and pain. The Cranial/Structural techniques of Structural Energetic Therapy® will bring the body into balance by releasing and rehabilitating the structural core distortion (once released it won’t return!). This relaxes these strain patterns allowing the soft tissue where the tender points were to soften and release the trapped toxicity that caused the hypersensitivity and pain. The resulting structural improvements, and the detoxing that follows, results in clients no longer experiencing the debilitating pain, having more energy, being more relaxed and less stressed, and consequently able to sleep better. After several treatments that include specialized soft tissue therapy many clients are able to return to normal life activities! Although these techniques do not cure Fibromyalgia, future attacks tend to be much less frequent, and, if they do return, they are not at all as severe and debilitating as they once were. Plus, if the attacks do occur clients find relief with only a few Structural Energetic Therapy® treatments. For more information on Structural Energetic Therapy® and Fibromyalgia please click here. So, a Fibromyalgia diagnosis is no longer a life-long syndrome of pain!