Fibromyalgia is widespread pain in the muscles and soft tissues of the body. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome involving a set of symptoms that come together but do not have a known cause. People with fibromyalgia feel pain and/or tenderness even when there is no injury or inflammation.
Many people connect the beginning of their fibromyalgia symptoms to some specific activity that happened to them. These can include an illness such as the flu, an injury or surgery, or emotional trauma and stress. Fibromyalgia syndrome is therefore multi-factorial, and an increased sensitivity to pain and constant inability to sleep may cause the syndrome in some people.
Some of the theories that fibromyalgia may be linked to:
Oversensitive nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain.
An imbalance in the brain chemicals that control mood, which results in a lowered tolerance for pain and may also cause an unrestful sleep cycle and fatigue.
An imbalance of hormones such as cortisol and growth hormone.
A virus which attacks the muscles and soft tissues.
A disturbance in the deep phase of sleep.
Fibromyalgia is not a nice syndrome to have. It creates havoc with your life, work and family. At the Centre we treat fibromyalgia as a complex syndrome and we use the Neurological Integration System, or NIS/ Neurolink to effectively deal with all the possible causes. In conjunction with the NIS Program, we recommend specific Patented supplements to support the body as it cleanses and returns to normal function.
At the centre, we monitor the pain patterns of patients, as well as their ability to return to a restful sleep. These two symptoms change as we take patients through the NIS Program. As an example, I treated a patient who had fibromyalgia for 22 years. After 4 weeks she sat in the chair and cried. She said, "Do you know what it feels like to be able to sleep again?".
Dr. Don Fitz-Ritson DC., FCCPOR(C).