Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder which can cause widespread or systemic musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, loss of sleep, headaches, depression and difficulty concentrating. Diagnosing Fibromyalgia can be difficult as there is no specific blood test to detect Fibromyalgia. Rather it is typically diagnosed by presenting symptoms which can include chronic “widespread” pain. Usually lasting more than 3 months and affecting both sides and upper and lower sections of the body. Risk factors also play a role in determining Fibromyalgia such as, gender; women are diagnosed more than men, family history and presence of Rheumatic disease.
While there is no known cure for Fibromyalgia there are numerous forms of treatment to manage symptoms. Medications may help decrease pain and inflammation, as well as symptoms of depression and problems with sleep. Studies show exercise and meditation also help decrease symptoms. Total Balance Myotherapy using Myofascial and Trigger Point therapies can also have a significant impact on reducing Fibromyalgia symptoms.
John “Eric” Garcia has been a bodywork practitioner since 2001. A Licensed Massage Therapist (Lic#4612) and certified in Advanced Myoskeletal Alignment. In addition he has completed over 200 additional hours of continuing education Structural and Myofascial integration, Active, Positional and Myofascial Release.