Is Acupuncture Good for Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder. The cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown however; those with autoimmune diseases are more likely to develop fibromyalgia. In addition, fibromyalgia can occur in anyone, but it appears to be more likely to occur in middle aged women. Some common symptoms of fibromyalgia include pain all over the body, tender points, headaches, fatigue, and sleep disorders.   Currently there is no cure for fibromyalgia. Some people with fibromyalgia have used drug treatments to help manage their symptoms. Others with fibromyalgia have seen benefit in the use of CAM (complimentary alternative medicine) therapies to help manage their symptoms.

Acupuncture is a CAM therapy that has been utilized for thousands of years. It is the use of thin, sterile needles inserted into specific points on the body. Acupuncture has been shown to increase the body’s production of endorphins and enkephalins; also known as our feel good neurotransmitters. Endorphins and enkephalins help decrease pain naturally. This is one of the ways that acupuncture can help decrease the symptoms experienced by fibromyalgia. There has been a great deal of research showing the benefit that acupuncture can have on those with fibromyalgia. A study conducted at the Mayo Clinic in 2005 found acupuncture to be effective in treating pain, fatigue, and anxiety associated with moderate to severe fibromyalgia that had been unsuccessfully treated by conventional therapies. If you are looking for a safe and natural way to manage your pain acupuncture may benefit you. Below is some additional information on the use of acupuncture and fibromyalgia. To schedule an appointment call Natural Health Chiropractic at (480) 222- 2129.


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