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Feet First for Fibromyalgia by Charles Leath CR
The Springfield Newspaper, November 2010

In support of the Fibromyalgia community, reflexology provides much needed relaxation for managing common symptoms associated with the syndrome of Fibromyalgia: pain, fatigue, depression, sleep problems, gastrointestinal distress, restless leg syndrome, anxiety and headaches.

No single approach holds all the answers to the symptoms of chronic pain and fatigue. Pain causes changes in the central nervous system presenting acute and chronic challenges. A systemic approach of many disciplines can be used in an effort to break the cycle of increased sensitivity to pain and decreased physical activity. Alternative practitioners and physicians who specialize in managing fibromyalgia patients agree that a multidisciplinary approach improves quality of life and regain wellness.

Dr. Robert Bennett, M.D., states that pain is an overriding problem for fibromyalgia patients. Many secondary symptoms are effects of having chronic pain. When pain is even partially relieved, significant improvement is experienced in psychological distress, sleep and functional capacity.

One approach that is effective to facilitate relief from overall body pain is Foot Reflexology. Reflexology provides a whole body treatment through stimulation of the feet. It is easily integrated into other body therapy approaches and is well received by the fibromyalgia client since treatment is applied to the feet. Reflexology also gives a sense of grounding, safety and feels non-invasive to the hypersensitivity of the fibromyalgia body.

The relaxation response brought about by reflexology is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress (decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension). Regular use of the relaxation response has been scientifically proven to be an effective treatment for a wide range of stress-related disorders.

A Reflexologist specializing in chronic pain conditions can help fibromyalgia sufferers experience relief from pain with foot reflexology when no other approaches have helped.

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