Fibromyalgia: "Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event." The Mayo Clinic website
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) "is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can't be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn't improve with rest.
This condition is also known as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Sometimes it's abbreviated as ME/CFS.
The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, although there are many theories — ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. Some experts believe chronic fatigue syndrome might be triggered by a combination of factors.
There's no single test to confirm a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. You may need a variety of medical tests to rule out other health problems that have similar symptoms. Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome focuses on symptom relief." The Mayo Clinic Website.
An Integrative Mind, brain, body approach
Integrated Manual Therapies including Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release combined with somatic education and mind/body awareness techniques are effective treatments as part of your recovery program for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related disorders because they help break the cycle of pain and illness and allow the body/brain to recover.
- Release structural restrictions in the fascia, muscles, cranium, and viscera
- Release accumulated stress/tension patterns in the body
- Improve somatosensory body awareness
- Improve energy flow and circulation
- Improve function of the vagus nerve and related cranial nerves
- Help balance the autonomic nervous system
The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is an important piece in the treatment of many chronic health conditions including fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- The ANS is the master controller of the body's metabolism, hormone production, and immune system.
- When the ANS becomes imbalanced from excessive stress and trauma, it can create many chronic problems resulting in many symptoms.
- The ANS controls most of the body’s involuntary processes, including, digestion, circulation, respiration, and metabolism. It also is responsible for our fight/flight/freeze responses.
- When the ANS becomes imbalanced it can create many chronic problems resulting in many symptoms.
- Dysautonomia - is a term used to describe dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. It is typically used as a term for certain illnesses including Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy(RSD) and POTS.
- However, some researchers and clinicians believe that Dysautonomia is a contributing factor with many other chronic illnesses including: Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, MCS, PTSD, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME, CFS).
ANS imbalance may also be related to many other conditions and symptoms including:
Post Concussion syndrome
High/low Blood Pressure
**It is important to always see a medical doctor to address any medical conditions and symptoms. Symptoms may be a sign of serious illness.
Stress, trauma, and the ANS
There are many sources of stress and trauma including: emotional, psychological, physical, chemical, viral, and bacterial that have an impact on optimal brain function.
This can overload the nervous system and put it in a chronic state of autonomic nervous system imbalance that can result in many chronic health problems and physical/ emotional symptoms.
This can sensitize the brain which keeps a person stuck in a state of "fight/ flight/freeze", keeping the body from regenerating.
This wreaks havoc on all of the systems of the body resulting in a multitude of symptoms. When the nervous system is imbalanced due to excessive stress or trauma it keeps the body's systems from functioning properly.
“What a great majority, if not all, ‘syndromal’ clients have in common is a functional disorder in how the autonomic nervous system is responding to stress.” Peter Levine- founder of Somatic Experieincing
The Power of Neuroplasticity:
The good news is that our brain and nervous system is more malleable then was previously thought. We can rewire our brain and learn to balance our nervous system through the power of neuroplasticity.
In Dr. Norman Doidge's book, "The Brain's Way of Healing" , he describes how the mind and body can become partners in healing the brain. He gives examples of how cognitive, somatic and sensory based approaches can help rewire the brain.
Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release help rewire the brain/body connection for optimal healing and wellness.
**The information provided on this site is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment or prescription for any disease or illness. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Always consult with a licensed health care practitioner when dealing with as disease, illness, or health condition.
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