All you know is that you hurt, you can’t sleep and you’re exhausted. Your bowels are not functioning properly. Your memory seems to be getting worse, you can’t think straight and wonder if you are going crazy. Forget about multi tasking!
There are some who endlessly wander the medical establishment suffering with symptoms of fibro and going undiagnosed. Some doctors believe that the disease isn’t even real, despite the thousands of studies saying the contrary. Behavioral disorder. NOT! Doctors will run tests to rule out thyroid conditions, autoimmune disorders and anemia, as all test results come back as normal. Are you more sensitive to pain than normal? Is it normal to hurt with just a light touching of the skin? Is it all in your head?
No,no,no! There is a strong relationship that exists between a restricted fascial system and the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Fascia connects each of the 50 trillion cells in the human body, and restrictions clamp down on pain-sensitive structures. Even where there was no specific injury, restricted fascia constricts with up to a ton of pressure. No wonder the nerves are feeling the pinch!
There is also strong relationship between past physical and emotional trauma, recent trauma, and the onset of fibro. A person may survive a childhood wrought with tension and abuse, seemingly unscathed. As an adult, he or she may experience another traumatic event. Five years later, everything hurts.
What is the relationship between trauma and the sympathetic nervous system? The person with Fibro is in a constant state of fight or flight.
Fight-or-flight (or freeze) has always had a very specific purpose to keep us safe. It was meant to be “switched on” for only a short while to fight an attack, to run to safety, or to freeze in hopes of an attacker losing interest.
Living in this state robs the body of the restorative sleep it needs to repair and heal. People need to rest and digest (parasympathetic system) to be able to heal.
The John F. Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release (JFB MFR) addresses the many manifestations of fibromyalgia by using gentle, sustained pressure throughout the body.
Angry nerves will calm, past traumas will heal, the fight or flight triggers will diminish, and a more healthy sleep pattern will emerge as the entirety of the fibro patient comes back into balance. MFR helps reduce the pain of fibromyalgia.