Fibromyalgia is a mysterious disease causing a wide range of symptoms that can vary greatly from person to person. The onset of fibromyalgia is usually gradual and can interfere with even simple daily activities.
Unfortunately, symptoms vary from individual to individual. They can include body ache, fatigue, sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, headaches, irritable bowel-like symptoms, memory problems, anxiety and depression. Some report joint and muscle pain that may increase at night, or cause waking up during the night.
Conventional medical treatments consist of some type of pain medication as well as antidepressant. But fortunately, research in alternative treatments looks very promising.
Studies have shown Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) provides a considerable amount of pain relief and increases overall quality of life. A few astonishing effects have been observed with LLLT that makes it unique among the healing options available today. LLLT produces changes in the mitochondria, the power plant of our cell, which leads to a dramatic increase in ATP synthesis and ATP is what our body uses for energy.
LLLT has been shown to effect cellular activity in many ways, but here a few ways:
• stimulates cell growth,
• increases cell metabolism,
• improves cell regeneration,
• invokes an anti-inflammatory response
• promotes edema reduction,
• reduces fibrous tissue formation,
• stimulates nerve function,
• stimulates the production of endorphins.
Unlike medications, LLLT has little to no known side effects and has proven pain relieving properties. Exercise is an important part of treatment, but most fibromyalgia patients are unable to exercise due to their pain level. LLLT provides pain relief, so that patients can begin to exercise.
A recent study conducted at the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services at Indiana State University “divided patients into four groups: one received resistance training only, the second LLLT only, the third a placebo rather than LLLT, and the fourth both LLLT and resistance training. People in the fourth group showed marked improvements compared to all three other groups.”
“The researchers believed that “low-level laser therapy helps patients with fibromyalgia syndrome by increasing blood flow to the painful area, contributing to the release of the amino acid beta endorphin and decreasing pain receptor activity in treated areas,” according to a news article describing the study in the ISU newsroom. ”Once the pain is lessened, patients feel able to exercise, which strengthens their bodies and allows for better circulation overall, which, in turn lessens pain.” Consider adding this therapy to your healthcare plan. For more information, visit www.naturalspinesolutions.com.
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Dr. Wayne M. Fichter Jr. is a chiropractor at Natural Spine Solutions. The business is located at 3913 Schreiber Way in Coeur d’Alene and the phone number is 208-966-4425.