It is important to affirm that there is hope for relief for many who suffer from this distressing and debilitating condition. Many fibromyalgia sufferers are able to experience relief from their suffering in their very first session of DMR therapy®.
Fibromyalgia has become a common diagnosis. It often begins with an injury or trauma at a time when the person is suffering from anxiety, stress or depression which can then spread pain to the whole body. There is no specific test to identify fibromyalgia because it really isn’t a disease in itself. It is better described as a collection of emotional and physical symptoms that are believed to have no cure. Some sufferers are so sensitive that any contact anywhere on their body produces intense pain. Others only feel relief with deep pressure in the painful areas. Many suffer from depression. Almost all have gastric problems, and the majority have trouble sleeping.
Many people diagnosed with “fibromyalgia” have taken muscle relaxants, pain medication, nerve blocks, antidepressants, antispasmodics and anticonvulsive drugs as well as medications for anxiety, stress and depression or to increase the production of serotonin and dopamine. Some have suffered unnecessary joint surgeries or even have had nerves cut. Many, perhaps the majority, have not experienced relief from these treatments and may be in worse condition than when they began.
THE DMR THERAPY® PERSPECTIVE
Fibromyalgia is a physical and mental expression of emotional problems that can manifest in a wide spectrum of symptoms.
Some individuals who are hypersensitive to touch and have the most “intractable” symptoms can be the easiest to help because their problems may stem from the way their nervous system processes pain. In such cases, effective treatment begins with changing that pain pattern of experiencing everything as extreme pain. This may be done by first establishing a contrast between more and less pain by varying the pressure or by holding a painful area (a trigger point) until the pain begins to diminish. Once such a contrast is established and the person begins to feel some degree of relief they can perceive that the pain has diminished. The next goal is to focus on the relief rather than n the pain. It is a dialog between the therapist and the patient’s unconscious, which controls muscles and interprets pain. It is sometimes possible to change this focus in the course of a single therapy session. Once this the pain perception is altered and touch can be perceived as soothing rather than just painful, the whole gamut of fibromyalgia symptoms can more easily be resolved. The physical source of many, even most, of these pain sensations is rooted in muscular tension.
Others diagnosed with “fibromyalgia” have the opposite reaction. They are not at all sensitive to contact and require a therapy that reaches much deeper into the muscle. DMR therapy® can get to the depth required to address the source of their pain. This approach of resolving trigger points combined with relieving the muscles generally connected with the emotions (often in the chest and abdomen) can sometimes free the emotional blocks that are the real origin of their symptoms.
It is important to affirm that there is hope for many who suffer from this condition. Most people with fibromyalgia experience deep relief at the first DMR Therapy® session.
NOTE: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which often overlaps in its symptoms with those of fibromyalgia, has the added complication of extreme fatigue. This fatigue can sometimes be just a response to both the continual tension (read: work) of the muscles and the physical toll of emotional strain, though there are often much deeper complications. Neither syndrome is well defined, but rather a label given to a problem that today’s medicine isn’t equipped to handle. For the same reasons mentioned above, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sometimes responds well to DMR Therapy®.