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].
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
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