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Fibromyalgia Self-Care Workbook

One Natural Energy Healing

Me — Ann Mulgrew is a complementary energy healing therapist.  Since 2005 she has studied various healing modalities and has used her knowledge to devise specific treatments using various techniques from her training to give the best treatment to her clients.

Her interest in this specific treatment is due to her close family relation having been diagnosed in 2007 with fibromyalgia.

Itec Massage/Sports Massage, Itec Reflexology advanced,  Master Reiki practitioner, Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candle, Hot Stones, Master Herbalist.

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  • How They Diagnose Fibromyalgia
  • Some of the Medication you may be on
  • Your Individual Fibromyalgia Story
  • What is functional medicine
  • Fibromyalgia Natural Treatments Address the Root
  • Functional Medicine – What to do and what to get checked
  • Rest
  • Rebalance
  • Restore
  • Fibromyalgia Diet Considerations
  • Meditation
  • Adrenals
  • Conclusion

Free to download is my Fibromyalgia SelfCare Ebook.

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Can Massage Help with Fibromyalgia

Can Massage Treatments Help Fibromyalgia

Firstly – What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia can be a diagnostic challenge. Fibromyalgia is medically classified as a “syndrome”, meaning it is a group of traits, signs and symptoms that occur simultaneously. Fibromyalgia symptoms vary widely from person to person, and the following is a list of possible symptoms.

  • Widespread Pain
  • Headaches
  • Painful” Tender Points”
  • Muscle Soreness
  • General Fatigue
  • Limited Tolerance to Activity
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Disrupted Sleep
  • Digestive Problems

Can Massage Help?

A recent consumer survey, commissioned by The American Message Therapy Association (AMTA), found that 91 percent of survey respondents agreed that massage can be effective in reducing pain, and nearly half of those polled (47 percent) have had a massage specifically for the purpose of relieving pain. Massage can directly reduce muscle soreness, by cleansing muscle tissues of metabolic wastes. The application of heat help calm pain for most fibromyalgia sufferers. I tend to use an infra red sauna blanket within my treatments.

Testimonials from Massage Clients

“Before weekly massages, my muscles never knew what relaxed was. I still involuntarily tighten my muscles, but I have less pain. Now that I know what relaxed muscles feel like, I can monitor my muscles to un-tighten them.”

“The change in my body after seven months of routine massage was tremendous. My headaches are less frequent, and I take less medication than I have in years.”

“I utilize massage as a preventative therapy. By seeking help with painful areas before they become unmanageable, I’m able to keep on top of the most painful flares. I also find that when I am over-stressed, massage is a very helpful leveler.”

Having Fibromyalgia and dealing with the pain and limitations also creates a lot of mental stress. Massage can provide great relief from stress and offer a chance for someone to take charge and provide necessary self-care. Research shows that Massage can help the body achieve deeper sleep and sleep quality . During Phase IV sleep, the body’s repair mechanisms go to work, and can improve inflammation responses, digestion and cognition and emotional stability. And who doesn’t feel better after a particularly good night of rest?

What should I know before I get a massage?

Massage can help, but it can also hurt. Everyone responds differently to massage. Some people get great relief from massage with deep pressure. However, others wind up sorer after a really firm massage than they were before. This is because for some people, Deep pressure creates inflammation. It is not uncommon to be a little bit sore for 24 hours after a massage, but if you are a lot sore, or if it lasts for longer than one day, you need to tell your therapist to ease up next time. Trust that you know your body better than anyone else, and if you don’t like something, it’s probably not good for you.

When you come to me for a treatment it is very important to always speak to me during the treatment so I know what pressure is working for you and what isn’t.  There is time for a silent energy healing session at the end of the bodywork treatment to help balance the energies and nervous system.

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18 Points Used to Diagnose Fibromyalgia

18 Points Used to Diagnose Fibromyalgia

If you have been diagnosed woth fibromyalgia you may notice pain in these areas.

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Back of the neck

If you have fibromyalgia, you may have tender points at the back of the neck, where the base of the skull and the neck meet. Neck pain can also be caused by injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, or activities that strain the neck, like slouching or sleeping in an uncomfortable position.

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Elbows

Fibromyalgia patients may also feel tenderness on their forearms, near the crease of each elbow. The pain tends to be below the crease and toward the outer side of the arm. Other causes of elbow pain can include tendonitis or repetitive strain injuries.

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Front of the neck

In addition to the back of the neck, doctors will check potential fibromyalgia patients for pain at the front of the neck. This pair of trigger points is located well above the collarbone, on either side of the larynx. 

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Hips

Hip pain is common in those with osteoarthritis, but people with arthritis tend to feel it in the joint. In contrast, people with fibromyalgia may have a tender point near where the buttock muscles curve to join the thighs. 

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Lower back

The lower back is one of the most common body parts to be the source of pain. Overall, more than 1 in 4 U.S. adults has experienced low back pain. However, people with fibromyalgia may have pain trigger points at the very top of the buttocks, right at the bottom of the lower back. 

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Knees

While knee trouble is common in people with fibromyalgia, the inside of each knee pad may feel tender touch

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Upper back

Tender points are often sites on the body where tendons and muscles meet. Such is the case for this pair of tender points, located where the back muscles connect to the shoulder blades in the upper back.

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Shoulders

In addition to tenderness in the upper back, some people with fibromyalgia have tender points just above that, halfway between the edge of the shoulder and the bottom of the back.

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Chest

People with fibromyalgia may have tender points on either side of the sternum, a few inches below the collarbone (near the second rib). The sternum, also known as the breastbone, helps protect the heart and lungs. 

Holistic therapies are an amazing ways to help ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Mindfulness meditation dna healthy diet.


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Fibromyalgia and Food

The Connection Between Fibromyalgia & Food

It is commonly accepted, and scientifically proven, that a healthy diet can have a positive effect on overall health. Similarly, what you eat can play a role in how you experience fibromyalgia—possibly triggering flare-ups and/or providing relief. Diet, therefore, is often discussed along with other non-pharmacologic (non-medication) treatments for fibromyalgia.

Although there is no specific diet for all fibromyalgia sufferers, it has been shown that vegetarian diets tend to help fibromyalgia. Researches suspect that this is because such diets are low in fat and protein, and high in fibre, beta carotene, vitamin C, and minerals and antioxidants.

Fibromyalgia Nutritional Research

The following provides an overview of recent research into nutrients that may be beneficial additions to a fibromyalgia diet:

  • Antioxidants as part of a diet to help fibromyalgia: Antioxidants are molecules that stop oxidation (a chemical reaction that can produce something called free radicals that can damage cells). The body’s antioxidant system provides defense to keep these free radicals in check. Dietary antioxidants help our bodies to maintain our antioxidant systems. Examples of antioxidants are vitamins C, A, E, and melatonin to name a few. There may be a relationship between higher oxidation and the occurrence of fibromyalgia symptoms, but further research is needed in this area.
  • Ferritin and iron as part of a fibromyalgia diet: There has been research into a possible connection between fibromyalgia symptoms and low blood levels of iron and ferritin (the storage form of iron). Iron is important in the formation of serotonin and dopamine, chemicals in the brain that are involved in pain perception. However, there is no evidence at this time that iron supplementation would help in the treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms.
  • Amino acids in the fibromyalgia diet: Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and make up a large part of human muscles and cells. There has been some research showing that patients with fibromyalgia seem to have lower levels of certain amino acids in their blood.
  • Coenzyme Q10 as part of a diet to help fibromyalgia: Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant (see above) that is important for cell function. There is some evidence that including coenzyme Q10 in the diet may improve fibromyalgia symptoms.

Fibromyalgia Diet Food List

Fibromyalgia sufferers should eat a diet that’s high in lean protein and fibre, and lower in carbohydrates. Foods that help fibromyalgia include fruits with a low glycaemic index, vegetables and whole grains. A well-balanced diet can improve energy level and staying physically active can lead to better overall health.

The lists below provide examples of the types of foods that may help fibromyalgia symptoms. However, as people with fibromyalgia often have food sensitivities, what relieves symptoms in one person may trigger a flare-up in others. It’s important to listen to your body and to create your own fibromyalgia diet food list.

FOODS HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS:

  • Kidney beans
  • Dark chocolate
  • Pecans
  • Artichokes (boiled)
  • Cilantro
  • Berries (blueberries, cranberries, blackberries)

FOODS HIGH IN AMINO ACIDS:

  • Red meat: lean cuts of beef or pork
  • Poultry: chicken or turkey breast
  • Fish: halibut, tuna or salmon fillet
  • Diary: non- and low-fat cheese, low-fat yogurt
  • Plant-based proteins: quinoa, tofu, soybeans

FOODS CONTANING COENZYME Q10:

  • Organ meats (heart, liver, kidney)
  • Beef
  • Soy oil
  • Sardines and mackerel 
  • Peanuts

FRUITS WITH LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX:

  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Citrus

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY VEGETABLES:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Bok choy
  • Arugula
  • Collard greens