How Acupuncture Can Help Your Fibromyalgia

How Acupuncture Can Help Your Fibromyalgia

If you’re one of the 4 million Americans living with fibromyalgia, you know that this “invisible disease” causes more than a few disruptions to your daily life. Widespread pain can lead to sleep disruptions, fatigue, and mental distress. 

Here at Wynn Over Pain, Brenton Wynn, MD is on a mission to help those with fibromyalgia reduce their pain and improve their quality of life. That’s why we offer acupuncture as one of the many fibromyalgia treatments available at our offices in Chula Vista and National City, California.

Curious how acupuncture works for fibromyalgia? Here’s what you need to know.

What is acupuncture and how does it relieve fibromyalgia pain?

Acupuncture is well known as the pain relief treatment in which needles are stuck into your body, but not too many people know the history of acupuncture or how, exactly, it provides pain relief. Acupuncture is a treatment that dates back 3,000 years and relies on the precise insertion of tiny needles into specific areas of your body.

These specific points are called acupuncture points, or meridians. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your life energy (called qi) flows through these meridians. You might recognize the meridians by another name: your nervous system. That’s right — the authors of a 2018 study attest that the meridians are a representation of your nervous system.

Fibromyalgia makes you more sensitive to pain. Common fibromyalgia tender points include behind the knees, the backs of the shoulders, back of the neck, and hips. You may also experience “fibro fog” and headaches. Acupuncture is demonstrated to reduce several types of pain, including chronic backaches and headaches.

Here’s how acupuncture helps alleviate the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia:

  1. The needles are inserted into your acupuncture points
  2. The needles themselves reduce inflammation
  3. As inflammation decreases, pain decreases 

Because acupuncture reduces pain, you may also find that other symptoms improve. For example, you may be able to sleep better at night, which boosts your mental clarity and energy levels.

What to expect during an acupuncture session

During your acupuncture session, Dr. Wynn places hair-thin needles into specific areas of your body. The needle placement may vary depending on your specific tender points and symptoms. Needles can be inserted into the tops of your hands, backs of your knees, hips, stomach, and back — just to name a few spots. 

Once Dr. Wynn finalizes the needle placements, they remain in place for up to 25 minutes. If you’ve never had acupuncture, the thought of sitting with needles inserted into your hands or back can seem intimidating, but remember, acupuncture needles are nothing like the needles used for vaccines or blood draws. They are so thin that most individuals who receive acupuncture treatments describe the treatments as relaxing!

Acupuncture is just one part of your fibromyalgia treatment plan

Dr. Wynn and our team at Wynn Over Pain want to help address your fibromyalgia symptoms from multiple angles. That’s why your personalized treatment plan that may also include:

Curious about acupuncture? Contact one of our offices today and find out if acupuncture is right for you. Don’t forget: you can also book an appointment online any time, day or night.

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