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May 18, 2004

A Fibromyalgia Story

I have a new client coming in today for relief from fibromyalgia. She is seeking deep tissue work, which surprises me, because many of my fibromyalgia clients cannot tolerate deep work because it is too painful. Those who can report that they hurt worse for 2 to 3 days after a treatment, but they tolerate the pain because they feel better in the long run. The following article outlines one woman's struggle with this frustrating condition.

Fibromyalgia, which affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans, is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. These tender points occur in precise, localized areas, especially in the neck, spine, shoulders and hips.

People who suffer from the disease may also have sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and other symptoms.

Freeman says that maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen has definitely helped her.

The center also has massage therapy which can relieve pain from trigger points.

For information on research check out the website for American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association or the National Fibromyalgia Association. See my other article about fibromyalgia.

Posted by linda at May 18, 2004 1:03 PM

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