Fibromyalgia is a medically unexplained syndrome affecting the muscles and connective tissues. Currently, the disease affects as many as 12 million Americans and has been reported two times as prevalent in deployed veterans. Acupuncture may be helpful as an adjunctive therapy for fibromyalgia.
“Agonizing pain, debilitating fatigue, joint stiffness, and sleep deprivation—you name it and I felt it,” says U.S. Army Brigadier General Becky Halstead, the first female West Point graduate in U.S. history to command at the strategic level in Iraq and Afghanistan. Halstead decided to retire after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. “There I was in Iraq, responsible for over 20,000 military men and women, and I privately struggled to physically keep myself going.”
Initially, Halstead was prescribed every drug imaginable, though the pills only masked the pain and resulted in a spiral of reactions affecting her psychological and physical health. She discovered that chiropractic treatment improved joint motion, reducing and in some cases eliminating the pain and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.
In addition to chiropractic treatment, acupuncture can be a viable option for the treatment of fibromyalgia that can positively impact overall wellness and health. Acupuncture treatment is tailored to your individual constitution and fibromyalgia syndrome pattern. Benefits of acupuncture:
• Improves pain and musculoskeletal aches and stiffness.
• Treats fatigue and anxiety.
• Regulates sleep patterns.
• Increases energy.
Many individuals find that allopathic therapies do not effectively treat the muscle pain caused by fibromyalgia and try alternative therapies such as acupuncture. The National Institutes of Health has issued a consensus statement concluding that acupuncture is effective in treating many pain-related conditions.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.