In fibromyalgia, abnormalities in central pain-processing and the release of neurotransmitters including serotonin and noradrenaline. This leads to lower pain thresholds . Predisposing factors for the condition include female gender, anxiety, trauma and viral infection.
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The main aims of therapy are to reduce symptoms, to improve function, and to help patients adapt to the condition . Treatments include cognitive behavioural therapy and medication such as simple analgesics or NSAIDs, tramadol, antidepressants.
Acupuncture may have the greatest benefit when applied together with medication or other therapeutic options.
In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms.
Acupuncture may help relieve pain in patients with fibromyalgia by:
- altering the brain’s chemistry, increasing endorphins
- evoking short-term increases in mu -opioid receptors
- stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins
- reducing inflammation
- improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation .
Acupuncture is a tried and tested system which has been used in China and other eastern cultures for thousands of years. It can restore, promote and maintain good health. Its benefits are now widely acknowledged all over the world. In the past decade acupuncture has begun to feature more prominently in mainstream healthcare.
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