In an article focused on the benefits of guided imagery, hypnosis, and cognitive behavioral therapy in alleviating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, researchers noted, "Current analyses endorse the efficacy and tolerability of guided imagery/hypnosis and of the combination of hypnosis with cognitive-behavioural therapy in reducing key symptoms of fibromyalgia." - Zech, N., E. Hansen, et al. (2017). "Efficacy, acceptability and safety of guided imagery/hypnosis in fibromyalgia - A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials." Eur J Pain 21(2): 217-227. [Read more].
Acupuncture Alleviates the Pain of Fibromyalgia by Kimberly Burnham [Read More on SivanaSpirit]
Synchronizers are reflex points from a system of wellness developed by Sharon W. Giammatteo (Integrative Manual Therapy).
There are several synchronizers associated with the thalamus (sensory and pain center for the body).
One way to use synchronizers is to put one hand on the painful area and the other hand on the synchronizers. The hands can be your hands or another person's hands connecting the two places.
Another way to use synchronizers is to put one hand on the synchronizers and the other hand on the area of the brain or body that is associated with that synchronizer. An access point for the thalamus is at the right and left temple area of the head.
These synchronizers may also be connected to the Fibromyalgia points (ie) one hand on the synchronizer and the other hand over one of the fibromyalgia pain points (shown below).
All of these point are beneficial for someone with fibromyalgia, chronic pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy or an acute injury.
Integrative Manual Therapy Synchronizer points for the Thalamus and Eliminating Pain
1. Heart, all aspects
2. Superior surface of the talus bone at the ankle.
3. Right side of the head where the face meets the upper part of the head (cranial vault).
As you rest for 5-30 minutes making these connections you can also do visualizations or motor imagery.
Motor imagery or guided imagery would be imagining the area of the body where you have pain receiving an increase in blood flow, nutrients and warmth. You can also imagine moving your body in a pain-free way or visualize someone else doing the movements you want to be able to do pain - free.
Fibromyalgia Pain Points
Fibromyalgia (FM) and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Of the 304 patients invited to participate in The Mayo Fibromyalgia Program, 98% had used some type of CAM therapy during the previous 6 months. "The 10 most frequently used CAM treatments were exercise for a specific medical problem (48%), spiritual healing (45%), massage therapy (44%), chiropractic treatments (37%), vitamin C (35%), vitamin E (31%), magnesium (29%), vitamin B complex (25%), green tea (24%), and weight-loss programs (20%)." according to Wahner-Roedler, 2007.
This issue of The Burnham Review (TBR) focuses on evidence for the use of nutritional approaches; treatments that shift substance P plasma levels (acupuncture and massage therapy); modalities which affect the autonomic nervous system (Reiki, Integrative Manual Therapy, exercise, and more).
Leventhal, L. J. (1999). "Management of fibromyalgia." Ann Intern Med 131(11): 850-8 notes the effectiveness of exercise, biofeedback, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and a multidisciplinary approach in the management of fibromyalgia.
Another article highlights the use of manual therapy to improve autonomic nervous system function, which can help a variety of conditions including fibromyalgia...... Wheeler, L. (2004). Advanced Strain Counterstrain. Massage Therapy Journal, 43 Winter(4),
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